Zoo Animals

Southern screamer

Chauna torquata

At the Detroit Zoo
The southern screamer can be found in the guanaco habitat in the American Grasslands from May through September.

The southern screamer is a large bird with black and gray feathers. Some may have a green-black coloration. Its head is small and covered with downy feathers and features a short, conical, hooked beak. A pair of rings encircles its neck; one is bare white skin and the other is black feathers. Ornamental feathers grow in tufts on the back of the head and also form a slim tuft on the forehead.

Fun Facts

  • Southern screamers establish monogamous relationships that last several years or possibly for the pair's lifetime.

  • The harsh, loud vocalization of these birds can be heard from miles away.