Helmet curassow in exhibit

Helmeted Curassow

Scientific Name

Pauxi pauxi

Class

Aves

Order

Galliformes

Range

Venezuela and Colombia

Habitat

Subtropical cloud forests

Estimated Wild Population

4,000
Helmeted curassow in exhibit
IUCN Conservation Status: Endangered IUCN Conservation Status: Endangered

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Physical Description

Helmeted curassows have dark plumage with a blue-green gloss across their back and breast, as well as a white belly and red bill. During the day, pairs and small family groups forage together for fallen fruit, seeds, grasses, and small vertebrates and invertebrates.

Interesting Fact 1

Helmeted curassows were named after the blueish-gray casque on their head, which resembles a helmet.

Interesting Fact 2

They tend to stay hidden in forest undergrowth during the day and are most active at twilight.

Interesting Fact 3

Like domestic chickens, these birds often eats small stones to help with the digestion of seeds and nuts.

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