Red-legged seriema

Cariama cristata

Walking through the grassland, the red-legged seriema hunts for insects, snakes and other small animals. It often smashes prey against a rock or beats it on the ground before proceeding to eat it. Small prey is swallowed whole while larger prey is first ripped to pieces with its bill.

Fact File

pronunciationPronunciation: ser-ee-EY-muh
lengthLength: 2.5 to 3 ft
weightWeight: Up to 6.5 lbs
life expectancyLife Expectancy: More than 20 yrs
habitatHabitat: Grassland and woodland
dietDiet: Insects, rodents, lizards, frogs, snakes, birds, seeds and fruit