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Horned Screamer

From Opus

Photo © by Orozimbo.Lins, SP, Brazil, July 2018
Photo © by Orozimbo.
Lins, SP, Brazil, July 2018
Anhima cornuta


[edit] Identification

Photo © by Stanley Jones.Cocha Blanco, Río Madre de Dios, Manu Lodge, Madre de Dios Department, Peru, September 2018
Photo © by Stanley Jones.
Cocha Blanco, Río Madre de Dios, Manu Lodge, Madre de Dios Department, Peru, September 2018

L. 84-95 cm (33-38 in)
Wt. 3.5 kg (7.7 lbs)

  • Black head, breast and upperparts
  • White speckles on the crown, throat and wing coverts
  • Long quill projects forward from the crown
  • White belly and underwing coverts
  • Two sharp spurs on its wings
  • Long, strong legs
  • Partially webbed feet

[edit] Distribution

South America: found in Colombia, Venezuela, Brazil, Bolivia, Peru, and Ecuador.

[edit] Taxonomy

This species is monotypic[1]

[edit] Habitat

Well-vegetated marshes in the lowlands. Moist tropical forests

[edit] Behaviour

Photo © by JorgePeru2.National Reserve Pacaya Samiria, Peru, May 2010
Photo © by JorgePeru2.
National Reserve Pacaya Samiria, Peru, May 2010

[edit] Diet

Their diet consists mostly of aquatic plants, including leaves, stems, roots and flowers. They also eat a small amount of insects.

[edit] Breeding

Monogomous. The nest is a large pile of floating vegetation anchored in shallow water. The clutch contains 3 olive-brown eggs.

[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2018. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2018. Downloaded from
  2. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved February 2016)

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