The Southern Screamer (Chauna torquata) is a large bird in the Anseriformes family of geese. It is also known as the Crested Screamer. It is called Screamer because it screams loudly.
The adult Southern Screamer has grey feathers with a black collar around its neck. Its back is dark-grey and its underbelly is light grey. It has a grey crest and a grey beak. It has a red patch around its eyes. It has pink legs. It has partially webbed feet that enable it to swim. It is a good swimmer, but it prefers to be on land most of the time.
The male and female form a monogamous pair. They make their nest together. The nest is made of reeds, straw, and aquatic plants. The female lays 2-7 eggs, which hatch after 43-46 days.
The chicks look similar to their parents with grey feathers, but their feathers are soft and fluffy. The chicks do not have a black collar yet, and their legs are beige to grey instead of pink.
It grows to 95 centimetres (37 inches) long, with a wingspan of 150 centimetres (59 inches). Its tail measures 23 centimetres (9 inches).
The Southern Screamer is native to South American countries, such as south-eastern Peru, northern Bolivia, Paraguay, southern Brazil, Uraguay, and northern Argentina. It prefers tropical and sub-tropical wetlands, such as lakes, swamps, estuaries, and lagoons. It does not migrate – it prefers to stay in the same location.
It eats plants, stems, seeds, leaves, and sometimes small animals. It feeds on the ground.
It lives in large flocks.
It lives for about 15 years.
Location: Paris Zoo, France
Photographer: Martina Nicolls
Martina Nicolls: SIMILAR BUT DIFFERENT IN THE ANIMAL KINGDOM