Crested Screamer

The crested screamer (also known as the southern screamer) is an excellent swimmer, although it prefers to move about on land. This bird is a great flier and can circle for hours in search of food.

Crested Screamer

Chauna torquata

Distribution: Grasslands and wetlands of Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay and Peru

Diet in the Wild: Plant stems and leaves

Diet at Caldwell Zoo: Grain, iceberg lettuce, egg, apple, mealworms and oyster shells

IUCN Red List Status: Least concern, population stable

Interesting Facts:

The crested screamer has two spurs, one protruding from the bend of each wing. These spurs are very similar to arrow heads, and can be used very effectively against aggressors if the bird feels threatened.

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