Geographical Range Northern South America, in Colombia and Venezula
Habitat Humid forests (in mountains)
Scientific Name Crax pauxi pauxi
Conservation Status Threatened

This unusual-looking bird is named for the large bluish-grey “helmet” on its forehead. Curassows live in the dense, cool mountain forest. As they move about, the undigested seeds of the fruit they eat are left behind in the birds’ droppings. In this way, curassows play a vital role in renewing the forest. Habitat loss and hunting are taking a toll on the number of wild curassows.

Did You Know?

The curassow is one of the largest birds in the South American forests.