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- proper n. A taxonomic genus within the family Cariamidae.
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What’s interesting about this is that the second toe claw in Cariama is slightly enlarged relative to those of digits III and IV (as you can see from the very poor accompanying photos).
Some of the most distinctive birds in the hotspot include two very large species, the rhea (Rhea americana) and the red-legged seriema (Cariama cristata), neither of which are endemic.
Tonni & Tambussi (1988) described the foot morphology of the Miocene psilopterine Psilopterus and showed that its foot claws were nearly identical to those of the living seriema Cariama cristata.
Red-legged seriema (Cariama cristata) of the Cerrado grasslands of central Brazil.