Chuña (choon-ya)

ChunawebWith its long red lanky legs the chuña crept up around the house for it’s morning meal. ‘Keeooo, Keooo, Keeooo,’ chuckled the family of three cocking their heads back to alert us that a breeze is on its way.

This is just one of the many animals that live where I live, in the yungas of Argentina. The chuña or red legged seriema is a mostly predatory terrestrial bird in the seriema family. If you are lucky enough to have a pair meandering around your house, you will be sure to be free of snakes, mice and all sorts of bugs you may not want in close proximity to your living quarters.