Helmet curassow in exhibit

Helmeted Curassow

Scientific Name
Pauxi pauxi
Venezuela and Colombia
Subtropical cloud forests
Estimated Wild Population
Helmeted curassow in exhibit Endangered Status Graph - Vulnerable Endangered Status Graph - Vulnerable

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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.

Did You Know?

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

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

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

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