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Red-legged Seriema Cariama cristata



Conservation Status

The Red-Legged Seriema is currently listed as a species of least concern according to the IUCN Red List. This is a result of a large range size, as well as a stable population trend. The population size has never been accurately measured, but is not believed to be small enough to be considered vulnerable. As a result of the combination of these factors, the species is considered to be one of Least concern. Historically, The Red-Legged Seriema has been determined as a species of least concern for all six evaluation periods it has had since 1988. (Bird Life International 2009)

Effects of human activity on populations

The Red-legged Seriema has not experienced observable detrimental impacts caused by humanity. In fact, the species has been aided by the deforestation of tropical rainforests.  Since seriemas forage in open grasslands, where it is easier for them to find their prey. Deforestation has created and expanded this kind of open habitat, and as a result the seriema has thrived on human destruction. (Redford & Peters 1986)

Recommended Citation

Red-legged Seriema (Cariama cristata), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: