long neck, legs, and tail; red bill; reddish legs (Brazil; 2007-11-08)

Red-legged Seriema
Cariama cristata

Native Range: South America

Notes: a predatory, mostly terrestrial bird that stands up to three feet tall as it walks or runs through grassland habitats looking for its prey (small animals such as lizards or nestling birds); a highly distinctive species that shows little sexual dimorphism.

lovely blue eye; long feathers protrude from face (Brazil; 2007-11-08)

actively walks and runs, sometimes quite rapidly (Brazil; 2007-11-08)

posterior view; brownish-gray upperparts (Brazil; 2007-11-08)

side view; creamy-brown underparts (Brazil; 2007-11-08)