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Red-legged Seriema Cariama cristata


Diet and Foraging


The Red-legged Seriema is known for eating a large range of small animals. It is famous for being on of the few species that will eat venomous coral snakes. (Sherbrooke & Westphal 2006) They have also been documented as predators of quail eggs, which they eat eggshell and all. (Marini & Melo 1998) When taking vertebrate prey, these birds will often slam the animal against the ground to kill it before ripping it to pieces with their bills.

Foraging Behavior

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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: