Northern Screamer Chauna chavaria


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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  • Year-round
  • Migration
  • Breeding
  • Non-Breeding

Recommended Citation

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