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Seriemas by Amethyst--Dragon Seriemas by Amethyst--Dragon
this is a seriema... he was following us, he is so sweet. we could get so close.. a very rare species of birds..

The Seriemas are a small and ancient family of tropical South American birds, belonging to the family Cariamidae, that are related to the rails and bustards.

They are terrestrial birds which run rather than fly (though they are able to fly for short distances.) They have long legs, necks, and tails, but only short wings, reflecting their way of life. They are brownish birds with short bills and erectile crests, found on fairly dry open grasslands.

They feed on insects, snakes and lizards. There are two species.

The two extant species of seriema are thought to be the closest living relatives of a group of gigantic (up to ten feet tall) carnivorous "terror birds", the phorusrhacoids, which are known from fossils from South and North America. Several other related groups, such as the idiornithids and bathornithids were part of Palaeogene faunas in North America and Europe and possibly elsewhere too. However, the fossil record of the seriemas themselves is not good, with a single prehistoric species (Chunga incerta) having been described to date.

The seriemas have an extensible second claw that they can lift from the ground. Although this resembles the "sickle claw" of Velociraptor and its relatives, it is not curved enough to be a real weapon
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vinsky2002 Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2010
oh, wow ! ... very interesting ... :thanks: ...
Amethyst--Dragon Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you :) it is a very interesting bird :)
vinsky2002 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010
... :love: ...
Bran-Artworks Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2007  Student General Artist
wow¡¡a lot of information,thanks
Amethyst--Dragon Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
no problem
Xeno-the-Hedgehog Featured By Owner May 22, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
That's pretty cool.

On an unrelated note, the other day, I saw a turkey fly; I mean literally flap it's wings and take to the air. Admittedly it had a running start and didn't get much higher than the birdhouses mounted on the trees, but it was still a pretty amazing sight, because I didn't think they could do that.
Amethyst--Dragon Featured By Owner May 22, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist

oooh thats awesome! :).. i never really saw a turkey fly that far.. i always thought they just walked all the time!
Xeno-the-Hedgehog Featured By Owner May 22, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
They can walk, run, glide, and fly short distances at VERY low altitudes. They're basically halfway between a flightless bird and one that uses flight as it's primary method of travel. In other words, they can fly, but not very high, far, or often. I think they use it as a last resort, and it wouldn't surprise me if they need a running start first; the one I saw was running downhill before it took off. It was one of the most amazing things I'd ever seen in my backyard, except for this one time when I threw some expired cold cuts outside and within an hour there were Turkey Vultures everywhere.
Amethyst--Dragon Featured By Owner May 23, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
yeaaah... i think so 2.. they only use it when threatend.. the seriemas has that 2.. it doesnt really fly, but it can fly..but it just doesnt..
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Date Taken
Sep 3, 2006, 10:19:23 PM