Cariamiformes – Seriemas

The seriemas are large, long-legged territorial birds

Cariamiformes includes two species of seriema, the red-legged seriema (Cariama cristata) and the black-legged seriema (Chunga burmeisteri). Both species are found in Argentina, Bolivia, and Paraguay, with the red-legged seriema also found in Brazil and Uruguay.

Seriemas spend most of their time on the ground, preferring to run away from predators even though they can fly for short distances. They feed on insects, small reptiles, and frogs and can often be found around cattle as they eat up any insects they disturb.

Although seriemas are considered fairly common among their ranges, little is known about their breeding and other behaviors.