Definitions for seriema
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chunga, seriema, Chunga burmeisteri(noun)
crested cariama, seriema, Cariama cristata(noun)
Brazilian Cariama; sole representative of the genus Cariama
Either of two species of bird in the family Cariamidae, endemic to South America.
Origin: Native name.
a large South American bird (Dicholophus, / Cariama cristata) related to the cranes. It is often domesticated. Called also cariama
The seriemas are the sole extant members of the small and ancient clade Cariamidae, which is also the sole surviving lineage of the Cariamae group. Once believed to be related to cranes, they have been placed by one recent study near the falcons, parrots and passerines, as well as the extinct terror birds. The seriemas are large, long-legged terrestrial birds that range from 70 to 90 cm. They live in grasslands, savanna, dry woodland and open forests of Brazil, Bolivia, Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay. There are two species of seriesmas, the Red-legged Seriema and the Black-legged Seriema. Names for these birds in the Tupian languages are siriema, sariama, çariama, which are explained as meaning "crested".
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