Southern Screamer Chauna torquata

  • Order: Anseriformes
  • Family: Anhimidae
  • Monotypic
  • Authors: Serina Brady


Nest: Builds a large stick and reed nest on the ground near shallow water (Stonor 1939).

Eggs: White eggs with pale spots and granulated shells (Stonor 1939).

Clutch size: Southern Screamers can lay between 2-7 eggs, but 3-5 is the most common. The chicks hatch with a thick gray-yellow down (Stonor 1939).

Incubation: Incubation can range from 43-46 days. Fledging can take anywhere from 8 to 10 weeks and are completely independent between 12 to 14 weeks (Stonor 1939, Weller 1967).

Parental care: Both the male and the female incubate the eggs and once they hatch, both parents watch over them. The young are nidifugous; they are only brooded for the first few days. The young are very good swimmers (Stonor 1939).

Other: Southern Screamers will keep their breeding territory. Eggs generally are laid in October and November (Stonor 1939).

Recommended Citation

Brady, S. (2010). Southern Screamer (Chauna torquata), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.