Conservation Status

The two species of seriemas are not currently considered threatened. However, their populations are declining in some areas due to hunting and habitat destruction.

DANGEROUS FOOD

Snakes are part of the diet of both species of seriemas. Unlike many snake-eaters, however, the black-legged seriema appears to be unable to tell the difference between poisonous snakes and non-poisonous snakes. They are not immune to snake venom and are therefore sometimes killed by their intended prey. Farmers sometimes keep them in chicken coops to kill snakes, as well as to give warning when predators approach.

Red-legged seriema (Cariama cristata) Resident

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