Crested Screamer

Crested Screamer

Crested Screamer
Chauna torquata


CLASS
Aves
ORDER
Anseriformes
FAMILY
Anhimidae

Range

Peru, Bolivia, Paraguay, north and eastern Argentina, southern Brazil and Uruguay


Habitat

Marshes, wet savannas, swamps, open lowlands and forest lagoons


Diet

Grasses, stems, seeds, berries and leaves, occasionally insects and small animals

Weight

4 - 11 lbs.

Height

28 - 37 in.

Wingspan

5.5 ft.

Incubation

40 - 46 days

Clutch

2 - 7 eggs

IUCN Status

Least Concern

Facts

  • Pairs have monogamous relationship, sometimes mating for life.
  • Some breed year round, while other breed only in springtime from October to December.
  • Courtship involves loud, continuous duets with constant preening.
  • After hatching, chicks leave the nest and begin to feed on their own. Fledging period is 8 – 14 weeks.

 

Conservation

The crested screamer is the most common of the three screamer species, but it is under increasing pressure from hunting and habitat destruction. The species seems to be able to adapt to the presence of humans and has been known to colonize cultivated fields in addition to its original habitat.

Least Concern

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Alexandria, LA 71301
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