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Great Curassow

Great Curassow
Scientific Name

Crax rubra

Other Common Name(s)
Central American Curassow, Mexican Curassow
Body Length

Up to around 1 m

Body Weight

Up to 4.8 kg

Forests and mangroves from Mexico through Central America to Ecuador
Fun Facts

Fun Facts

  • Great curassows are monogamous and they live in pairs or small groups. It is easy to distinguish the sex of adult birds as the males have a bright yellow bulge at their bill.

  • Great curassows are not good fliers. Like chickens they run to escape from danger. They feed on fruits fallen from trees as well as small animals among leaf litter.

Threats & Conservation

IUCN Red List: Vulnerable
IUCN Red List: Vulnerable
CITES: Appendix III
CITES: Appendix III

The population of great curassows has been declining rapidly. They are hunted for food. Their habitat has become fragmented or lost to logging and road construction, as well as crop and livestock farming. It is estimated that the total population is around 10,000 to 60,000.

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