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Red-legged Seriema Cariama cristata



Geographic Variation

There is no recorded regional variation in appearance for the Red-legged Seriema

Related Species

Red-legged Seriemas are one of two species in the order Cariamiformes, and the family Cariamidae. The only other closely related species is the Black-legged Seriema (Chunga burmeisteri), which is also found in South America. These birds were historically believed to be related to secretary birds (Sagittarius serpentarius) due to both species being similar in appearance and in their snake-hunting habits.  Until recently the Cariamids were place in the order Gruiformes, but DNA evidence suggests that they in fact represent their own, unrelated order, Cariamiformes, separate from the Gruiformes. (USA 2007)

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: