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Av. Nicolás de Piérola 265
Barranco, Lima 04 – Perú
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FAMILY BIRDS

Anhimidae

Unique to South America, the “screamers” are large, distinctive with spiny projections from the head and boast a powerful call (hence the name). Most easily spotted around oxbow lakes.

 


Horned Screamer

Anhima cornuta

Horned Screamer

Horned Screamer

Appearance:

  • A long spiny structure projects forward from the crown and gives the bird its name. It keeps growing and often breaks at the tip.
  • The upperparts, head and breast are black, with white speckles on the crown, throat and wing coverts (small feathers that cover and protect others).
  • The belly and under-wing coverts are white.
  • It is about 60 to 84cm long and weighs about 3.5kg.

Behaviour:

  • They tend to stay in pairs and small groups.
  • Herbivorous, they graze along the water.
  • They live in open areas and marshes with some grass, and feed on water plants.

Voice:

  • A powerful voice (hence the name).
  • Call is a loud and far-carrying “U-who” as well as a “culphoo” which according to local people sounds like someone saying “camungo” which is its native name.

Where & how to spot in Manu:

  • Its nest is a large pile of floating vegetation anchored in shallow water..
  • The only screamer found in Manu, it is active all day, with peaks of activity in early morning and late afternoon.
  • Always seen around water.
  • Spot it perched on trees by the water, or walking on floating vegetation in shallow water.

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