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Seriemas are among the largest ground-dwelling birds in South America. They rarely take flight, preferring to walk in search of food. These birds are brave! The red-legged seriema is one of just several species that prey upon the venomous coral snake.

red legged seriema with mouth open

Did You Know?

Seriemas are known for their loud calls, which can be heard over a mile away. The sound is described as high-pitched yelps resembling the yaps of a puppy.

Quick Facts

Latin Name:
Cariama cristata

South America

Grassland and woodland

2.5 to 3 ft

Zoo Location:
Free Flight Aviary

Insects, rodents, lizards, frogs, snakes, birds, seeds and fruit