Southern Screamer Chauna torquata

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


Conservation Status

The Southern Screamer is rated as a species of Least Concern (BirdLife International 2010), due to its large geographic range and a population that appears to be stable.

Effects of human activity on populations

Southern Screamers can be domesticated. They make very good guard animals because of their loud deafening call. Farmers consider them a pest species because they gather in crop fields. By draining the wetlands, Southern Screamers have a reduced breeding ground. However, the species seems able to compensate fairly well (Carboneras 1992).

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.