Northern screamer

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Northern screamer
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Anseriformes
Family: Anhimidae
Genus: Chauna
Species: C. chavaria
Binomial name
Chauna chavaria
Linnaeus, 1766
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Distribution map

The northern screamer (Chauna chavaria), also known as the black-necked screamer, is a large species of bird in the small family Anhimidae, the screamers. It is a resident breeder in northern Colombia, in Chocó, Antioquia, Córdoba, Sucre, Bolívar, Magdalena, Santander, and Cesar Departments and northwestern Venezuela, in Zulia, Mérida, and Trujillo States.[2] On average, they are 88.9 cm (35 in) long and weigh about 3.9 kg (8.6 lb).

They are Near Threatened.[1]


Few zoos keep the northern screamer, and most of those that do are located in Colombia. These zoos inclue the Cali Zoo, the Matecaña City Zoo in Pereira, Risaralda and the Guatika Zoo in Tibasosa, Boyacá. The National Aviary in Cartagena also has these birds.


  1. ^ a b BirdLife International (2012). "Chauna chavaria". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013. 
  2. ^ Clements, J. (2007)