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Horned screamer

July 26, 2020

The Camungo or anhuma(Anhima cornuta), also called aruco screamer, arauco, marsh vulture. It is an anseriform bird, of the family Anhimidae, that lives near bodies of water.

It is widely distributed in Colombia, Venezuela, Brazil, Ecuador and Peru.



It is a large hen, 84 to 91 cm tall, with a weight ranging from 3 to 4 kg. It has a long neck and long legs. Its body has a blackish plumage, with greenish reflections.

Camungo – Animha cornuta
Christoph – Public domain

The feathers on the neck and upper belly are white. It is remarkable the presence of a kind of horn on the forehead and spurs on the wings.

The tuft on the top of the head has a horny consistency. Its plumage is dark greenish black.

Camungo song

Its name is onamotope because of its song. It emits guttural sounds to demarcate its territory.

Behavior and reproduction

Chajá añuma Pará Brazil
Chajá añuma Pará Brazil
Héctor Bottai / CC BY SA

It lives in pairs or in groups, and is a monogamous species. It builds its nests near the water, where the female lays two to three eggs, which are incubated for a month. Its meat is not edible.

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