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

Size
28 - 37 in

Wingspan
5.5 ft

Incubation
40 - 46 days

Clutch
2 - 7 eggs

IUCN Status
Least Concern
crested screamer with egg

Pairs have monogamous relationship, sometimes mating for life. Their courtship involves loud, continuous duets with constant preening.

crested screamer chicks

After hatching, chicks leave the nest and begin to feed on their own. Fledging period is 8 – 14 weeks.

crested screamer

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.