Red-legged Seriema Cariama cristata


Sounds and Vocal Behavior


The Red-legged Seriema is famed for its call. It is often compared to the sound of a puppy yelping, but much louder, as the call can be heard from several kilometers away. They usually call in the early-to-mid morning, but it can be heard at any time of day and even after dark. The song is used to define territory between pairs. (USA 2007) The call is often a duet between members of a pair, and consists of three parts. These parts are not necessarily sung together. When the Seriema begins to sing, it holds it head straight, but by the end of its song (which is the loudest part) the head is held so far back that it nearly touches the bird's back. (Redford & Peters 1986)

Nonvocal Sounds

There are no known nonvocal sounds in this species.

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: