The crested screamer (also known as the southern screamer) is an excellent swimmer with partially webbed feet although it prefers to move about on land. This bird is a great flier and can circle for hours in search of food. Most amazing—the crested screamer has bony spurs on its wings. The spurs are used as a defensive weapon.
Habitat: Central South American tropical and subtropical swamps and estuaries
Diet in the wild: Plant stems and leaves and sometimes small animals
Diet at Caldwell Zoo: Waterfowl mix, crowned crane mix
Size: 32-37 inches with a wingspan of about 67 inches; 6½-11 pounds
Family: Monogamous, mate for life
Status: Least concern; population stable at present
Did you know? The crested screamer can produce loud calls that can be heard for two miles.