Animals & Habitats
Great Curassow
Scientific Name
Crax rubra
Mexico through Central America
Conservation Status

Striking Appearance

This striking bird is about one meter in height and has a characteristic forward-curling, feather frill running down the back of its head and neck. In addition, it has a bulbous knob at the base of the bill which enlarges and brightens in color during breeding season.

Forest Dweller

The curassow is a large forest bird that forages for berries, seeds and fallen fruits along with insects, some smaller reptiles and mammals.

Declining Populations

The Great Curassow is listed as vulnerable in its natural habitats. The wild populations are under threat from land fragmentation from logging roads, hunting pressures and habitat loss.