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seriema

[ser-ee-ee-muh, -ey-muh] /ˌsɛr iˈi mə, -ˈeɪ mə/
noun
1.
either of two birds of the family Cariamidae, Cariama cristata, of southern Brazil, or Chunga burmeisteri, of Argentina, having long legs, an erectile crest, a short, broad bill, and limited ability to fly.
Also, cariama.
Origin
1830-1840
1830-40; < Neo-Latin < Tupi: crested
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seriema

/ˌsɛrɪˈiːmə/
noun
1.
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)
Word Origin
C19: from New Latin, from Tupi çariama crested
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Encyclopedia Article for seriema

South American bird of grasslands, constituting the family Cariamidae (order Gruiformes). There are two species, both restricted to southern-central South America. The red-legged, or crested, seriema (Cariama cristata), with long legs and neck, stands about 60 cm (2 feet) tall. The beak and legs are red, and the plumage is brownish above and dull white beneath, with bluish skin around the eyes. It inhabits grasslands, but the nest is built in bushes or trees. The young are hatched covered with gray down. The seriema feeds on insects, snails, reptiles, and berries

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