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Chauna chavaria

Northern Screamer

  • Order: Anseriformes
  • Family: Anhimidae
  • Monotypic


Chauna chavaria

Hacienda La Zuliana, Campo Boscán, Estado Zulia. Venezuela; 23 February 2009 © Karla Pérez León

The Northern Screamer is confined to the marshy lowlands of northern Colombia and extreme northwestern Venezuela. It resembles the Southern Screamer (Chauna torquata) of southern South America, but has a much thicker black neck band. Like other screamers, it is a rather sedate bird generally observed singly, in pairs, or in small groups perched on bushes or trees within a marsh or forested swamp. It grazes for herbaceous growth, and builds a nest of aquatic vegetation in the middle of a marsh. The chicks leave the nest after only a few days of brooding.


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Recommended Citation

. 2010. Northern Screamer (Chauna chavaria), Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Ithaca: Cornell Lab of Ornithology; retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online:

This map is based on the maps available from the NatureServe InfoNatura website. The data for these maps are provided by NatureServe in collaboration with Robert Ridgely, James Zook, The Nature Conservancy - Migratory Bird Program, Conservation International - CABS, World Wildlife Fund - US, and Environment Canada - WILDSPACE.

  • Migration/Movement:Resident (nonmigratory)
  • Primary Habitat:Freshwater marshes
  • Foraging Strata:Terrestrial
  • Foraging Behavior:Pull
  • Diet:Greens
  • Sociality:---
  • Mating System:Monogamy
  • Nest Form:Cup
  • Clutch: 2 - 7
  • IUCN Status:Near Threatened