Seriema em Paraguaçu, Minas Gerais
Brazil, Mato Grosso do Sul, Bonito, November 10, 2011
Cariamiformes or Cariamae is an order of primarily flightless birds that have existed for over 63 million years. The group includes the family Cariamidae (Seriemas) and the extinct families Phorusrhacidae, Bathornithidae, Idiornithidae and Ameghinornithidae. Though traditionally considered as a suborder of the Gruiformes, based on both morphological and genetic studies they may belong to a separate group of birds whose other living members would be the Falconidae, the Psittaciformes and the Passeriformes.