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Anhimidae - Screamers

southern screamer There are three species in this family. They are found in South America in tropical and subtropical wetlands, grasslands, and flood plains. Screamers get their name for their extremely loud vocalizations that can be heard for up to two miles away.

Screamers are large birds, 2.5 to 3 feet in length, with a wingspan of 5.5 feet. They have a goose-like body and a chicken-like head. They have a short, hooked bill and long, thick legs with three front toes and one rear toe. The front toes are connected with a little bit of webbing. Screamers have two sharp, curved spurs on their wings and a crest of feathers on the top of their head. They use the spurs on their wings when they fight over territory and mates.

Screamers are herbivores and eat aquatic plant leaves, stems, flowers, and roots.

Both the male and the female screamer build the nest. The female usually lays around 4-5 eggs. Both the male and the female incubate the eggs and care for the chicks.

Species in this family include: the horned screamer, the northern screamer, and the southern screamer.

The horned screamer was once found in Trinidad and Tobago, but it is now extinct there.

World Status Key
Least ConcernLeast Concern Near ThreatenedNear Threatened VulnerableVulnerable EndangeredEndangered Critically EndangeredCritically Endangered extinct in the wildExtinct in the Wild extinctExtinct
Status and range is taken from ICUN Redlist. If no status is listed, there is not enough data to establish status.

U.S. Status Key
Threatened in US Threatened in US Endangered in US Endangered in US
Status taken from US Fish and Wildlife. Click on U.S. status icon to go to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife species profile.
 

New Hampshire Status Key
Threatened in New Hampshire Threatened in NH Endangered in NH Endangered in NH Introduced Introduced
Status taken from NH Fish and Game

  New Hampshire Species

 

 North/Central American Species

None   None

Other Species Around the World

Location Key
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Horned Screamer - Anhima cornuta Least Concern South America image More Info
Northern Screamer - Chauna chavaria Near Threatened South America image More Info

 

Southern Screamer - Chauna torquata Least Concern South America image More Info

Additional Information

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profile Profile Photos Photos Video Video Audio Audio

Horned Screamer - Anhima cornuta Photos Least Concern South America
The horned screamer is found throughout northern South America.
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Horned Screamer - Anhima cornuta profile Photos Least Concern South America
Horned screamers have a yellowish-white horn-like projection at the top of their heads.
Source: Animal Diversity Web Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Northern Screamer - Chauna chavaria profile Near Threatened South America
Northern screamers have shaggy crests on their heads.
Source: BirdLife International Intended Audience: General Reading Level: High School Teacher Section: No

Northern Screamer - Chauna chavaria profile Photos Audio Near Threatened South America
Northern screamers have a shaggy crest on their heads, a white chin strap, a black neck and a gray body.
Source: Cornell Lab of Ornithology Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Southern Screamer - Chauna torquata profile Photos Least Concern South America
The southern screamer is a goose-like bird with a chicken-like head.
Source: Animal Diversity Web Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Southern Screamer - Chauna torquata profile Photos Audio Least Concern South America
The southern screamer is found from Bolivia and southern Brazil south to central Argentina.
Source: Cornell Lab of Ornithology Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Southern Screamer - Chauna torquata profile Photos Least Concern South America
The southern screamer is also known as the crested screamer.
Source: Woodland Park Zoo Intended Audience: Students Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes