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Meet the Southern Screamer!

Discussion in 'Birds' started by SteveK, Apr 6, 2007.

  1. SteveK

    SteveK

    Mar 16, 2005
    Alaska
    One of the strangest looking birds I've photographed is the Southern Screamer (Chauna torquata), which resides in marshy areas in South America. These guys were photographed in Ibera Natural Reserve in Argentina near the border of Brazil. It is the second largest wetlands in South America (second to the Pantanal). It's about the size of a goose, but not directly related to them. It's from the order Anserformes, family Anhimidae. Toes are not webbed.
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  2. They sure are unusual! #2 is very nice.
     
  3. Nice pictures of a ODD bird
     
  4. Strange looking bird - looks like someone Photoshopped a different bird's head on them - looks far too small for their body. Strange.....
    Great shots, Steve. What a grande collection you have!
     
  5. SteveK

    SteveK

    Mar 16, 2005
    Alaska
    Thanks guys! Yes, they were really strange; reminded me of a galliform type, like some sort of wild bizarre chicken crossed with a goose. And their voice is just as strange, a bisyllabic scream, hence the common name.
     
  6. Gale

    Gale

    978
    Jan 26, 2005
    Viera Fl
    Looks a tad like it has a patridge shape to it as well.
    Very unusual bird.
    Thanks for showing this
    Very nice images.
     
  7. Ah the Chajá. Always an interesting (and noisy) bird.
     
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