This is a crested screamer, also called southern screamer. They live in South America in the countries of Peru, Bolivia, Paraguay, Brazil, Uruguay, and Argentina. They can swim like ducks and build their nests near water. But their legs are a lot longer than ducks so they can wade around in marshes. They also don’t have webbed toes like ducks do. They are called crested screamers because they have a crest of feathers on their heads and their call sounds like a scream. The chicks are light yellow with a darker yellow cap on their heads. Crested screamers are stable and not endangered.
The crested screamers in these pictures are a mated pair that live in the Milwaukee County Zoo next to the macaques, silver pheasants, and whooping cranes, in the old Humboldt penguin exhibit. I visited the zoo with my family in July this summer. The screamer in the picture above is making a funny pose, because it is holding out one of its wings and hiding one of its legs.
The other screamer was sitting on some eggs in the nest. In this picture, it stood up to check on the eggs, and you can see the eggs. It’s hard to see the eggs, but we think there was at least 4 eggs. Crested screamer pairs take turns sitting on the eggs, so we don’t know which one of these birds is the male and which one is the female.