The Siriema (Cariama cristata) is the sole member of the small and ancient family Cariamidae, which is also the sole surviving family of the Cariamae. They run on foot and run from danger rather than fly (though they can fly for short distances). They have long legs, necks, and tails, but only short wings, reflecting their way of life. Siriemas give loud, yelping calls and are often heard before they are seen. They feed on insects, snakes, lizards, frogs, young birds, and rodents, with small amounts of plant food (including maize and beans). When Siriemas catch small reptiles, they beat the prey on the ground or throw it at a hard surface to break resistance and also the bones.