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Either of two long-legged birds (Cariama cristata or Chunga burmeisteri) of grasslands and scrubby areas of South America, which feed on snakes, frogs, worms, and insects.

[Spanish, from Tupí sariema.]


(Animals) either of two cranelike South American birds, Cariama cristata or Chunga burmeisteri, having a crest just above the bill, rounded wings, and a long tail: family Cariamidae, order Gruiformes (cranes, rails, etc)
[C19: from New Latin, from Tupi çariama crested]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.seriema - Argentinian Cariamaseriema - Argentinian Cariama      
wader, wading bird - any of many long-legged birds that wade in water in search of food
genus Chunga - a genus of Cariamidae
2.seriema - Brazilian Cariamaseriema - Brazilian Cariama; sole representative of the genus Cariama
wader, wading bird - any of many long-legged birds that wade in water in search of food
Cariama, genus Cariama - the type genus of the Cariamidae comprising only the crested cariama
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Delta, our hand-reared red-legged seriema, enjoyed exploring the castle courtyard following his annual moult.
Elvis, the red-legged seriema, required emergency treatment after she ingested the screw at the popular park last week.
Abstract: Three hand-reared, 50-53 day-old, red-legged seriema (Cariama cristata) chicks were evaluated for acute lameness and reluctance to ambulate.
Predators include the terrestrial, diurnal bird seriema (Cariama cristata), a nocturnal owl, the diurnal hawk southern Caracara (Caracara plancus), the nocturnal snake jararaca (Bothrops neuwiedi), a diurnal Colubridae snake, the hoary fox (Lycalopex vetulus), the wildcat, and the large-sized lizard tegu (Tupinambis merianae).
Serrote Health no services provided first aid and Post vaccination (lack of material) Seriema Health no health facility first aid and Post available vaccination; medical consultation; dental treatment; antenatal care; family planning; free medicine dispensary; gynaecological cancer care; high blood pressure control; diabetes control; STD care; tuberculosis; Hansen's care Source: Municipal Health Plan and information collected at the health facilities Chart 2.
Hand-reared sacred ibis Tutan, kookaburra Maidi, red-legged seriema Sergio, ageing eagle owl Ludwig and burrowing owls Bilbo and Hercules are among the birds to have perished.
(1) E tampouco foram esquecidas ou menos valorizadas as aves de carne negra cacadas no Brasil, como o jacu, o mutum, o pavao do mato, o aracari, o tucano, o guache ou japu, o pica-pau e a seriema, porque "muito variados sao os modos de prepara-las"; (1) nem muito menos os passarinhos, como o sabia, que nao deviam ser desprezados por causa de seu pequeno porte, "pois oferecem pratos bem saborosos".
Quatro rabos de arraias 4 pes de seriema 4 maracais de cobra 4 folhas de jurema 4 caveiras de gente 4 dentes de serpente e 4 penas de ema.
The deaths documented in birds receiving carprofen and flunixin included three black vultures and a spoonbill from Eurasia, a Marabou stork from Africa, and, from the Americas, two Harris's hawks, a red-legged seriema, and two northern saw-whet owls.
So far this season the zoo has welcomed an unprecedented two capybaras, one Caracara chick, two Seriema chicks, four tiny otters and two very mischievous sea lion pups!
Marques (1999) tambem evidenciou varias aves utilizadas no Nordeste brasileiro como indicadoras de chuva; dentre elas o autor cita seriema (C.