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Kamichi \Ka"mi*chi\, n. (Zo["o]l.) A curious South American bird ( Anhima or {Palamedea cornuta), often domesticated by the natives and kept with poultry, which it defends against birds of prey. It has a long, slender, hornlike ornament on its head, and two sharp spurs on each wing. Although its beak, feet, and legs resemble those of gallinaceous birds, it is related in anatomical characters to the ducks and geese ( Anseres). Called also horned screamer. The name is sometimes applied also to the chaja. See Chaja, and Screamer.


n. A Brazilian bird, the crested screamer, often domesticated and used to guard poultry.


n. largest crested screamer; naive to southern Brazil and Argentina [syn: Chauna torquata]