Southern Screamer (Chauna torquata)

The Southern Screamer bird, also known as the Crested Screamer, is a large waterfowl species found in South America. It is a member of the Anseriformes family, which includes ducks, geese, and swans. The bird's scientific name is Chauna torquata, and it is the largest of the three screamer species.

The Southern Screamer is a distinctive bird with its long neck, grey plumage, and prominent crest on its head. It has a sturdy and powerful build and can reach a length of 97 centimeters (38 inches) and a weight of up to 7 kilograms (15 pounds). The bird's bill is thick, black, and curved, making it an efficient tool for foraging.

The Southern Screamer is a highly social species that forms monogamous pairs during the breeding season. It lives in riverine forests, marshes, and wetlands, where it feeds on vegetation, fruits, and insects. The bird is an excellent swimmer and diver, using its webbed feet and waterproof feathers to navigate through water.

One of the most remarkable features of the Southern Screamer is its loud, trumpeting call, which can be heard from a distance of up to 3 kilometers (1.9 miles). The bird uses its call to communicate with its partner and offspring, as well as to alert its group to potential threats.

The Southern Screamer is a relatively common species in its range, although it faces some threats from habitat destruction, hunting, and egg collection. Thankfully, the bird's population is considered stable and not currently under threat of extinction.

In conclusion, the Southern Screamer bird is an impressive and unique species that contributes to the biodiversity of South America. Its distinctive calls and physical characteristics make it a fascinating subject for wildlife enthusiasts and scientists alike.

Other names

Chauna torquata



Southern Screamer

txajà emplomallat



ogrličasti pastiraš

čája obojková

Sorthalset Chaja



Kamichi à collier


Kaimichi meridionale


kuoduotoji pelamedėja


skrzydłoszpon obrożny


Хохлатая паламедея

Južna kreštalica

čaja obojková

Chajá común


Kolyeli Figankazı

чайя аргентинська

kaelus-ogatiib (kaelustšahha)

örvös csája