Sunday, 14 December 2008

Crested Screamer [Birds of Slimbridge]

I took these pictures of the Crested Screamer while at Slimbridge Wildfowl and Wetland centre.

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The Crested Screamer also called the Southern Screamer (Chauna torquata) is a native of South America.

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Although it id a waterfowl, its feet are not webbed and it prefers to spend most of its time on the ground.

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They possess spurs on their wings, which they use as defence against other birds and enemies.

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These birds are monogamous and stick to a single partner for life.

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Its diet is mostly vegetarian consisting of stems seeds and leaves of plants but they may occasionally include small animals.

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The crested screamers habitat range from swamps to estuaries to pool coasts

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They are not considered threatened with regards to their conservation status. The average lifespan of this birds is about 15 years.

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It was certainly one of the most eye catching birds we came across in Slimbridge. If you look closely at the first picture you may notice the bird sticking its tongue out!

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