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. On average, they are 88.9 cm (35 in) long and weigh about 3.9 kg (8.6 lb).
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.
- Clements, James, (2007) The Clements Checklist of the Birds of the World, Cornell University Press, Ithaca
- IUCN (2009) BirdLife International Chauna chavaria Accessed on 11 May 2009.
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