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Budapest ZOO 2008 March 5

The Red-legged Seriema or Crested Cariama (Cariama cristata) is a terrestrial, mostly predatory bird in the seriema family.

It is 75 to 90 cm (30 to 36 in) long, with a fairly long neck, tail, and legs. The plumage is medium brown above with black markings; pale brown on the head, neck, and breast; and white on the belly. The tail has a black band near the tip and a white tip. The beak and legs are red, and the eyes are yellow. Soft feathers emerge from the base of the bill to form a fan-shaped crest (Holyoak and Heinsohn 2003).

The Red-legged Seriema inhabits grasslands from Brazil south of the Amazon to Uruguay and northern Argentina. This range is estimated at 5.9 million km˛ (BirdLife International 2004).

It is usually seen singly or in pairs, but sometimes in groups up to four, apparently families. It typically walks on the ground and can easily run faster than a human in its habitat. It will flee a car on foot at speeds up to 25 km/h (15 mi/hr) before flying (Redford and Peters 1986).

Model - NIKON D300
DateTime - 2008:03:05 11:50:44
ExposureTime - 1/160 seconds
FNumber - 6.30
ExposureProgram - Normal program
ISOSpeedRatings - 200
Flash - Not fired
FocalLength - 300.00 mm
ExposureMode - Auto
White Balance - Auto
FocalLengthIn35mmFilm - 450 mm
Contrast - Normal
Saturation - Normal
Sharpness - Hard


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