Razor-billed Curassow (Mitu tuberosum)

Order: Galliformes | Family: Cracidae  | IUCN Status: Least Concern

Age: Adult | Sex: Male | Loc. Mato Grosso, Brasil

Age: Adult | Sex: Male | Loc. Amazonia, Brasil

Age: Adult | Sex: Male | Loc. Amazonia, Brasil

Age: Adult | Sex: Male | Loc. No Data

Identification & Behavior: ~86 cm (34 in).  The Razor-billed Curassow is a turkey-like bird with an all-black plumage with iridescent bluish feathers and velvety black upper neck and head.  Males and females are similar having a terminal white tail band, chestnut lower belly and vent areas, and a bright red bill with the culmen highly elongated and shaped into a sharp ridge. Males have larger bill formation than females.  Very similar to Salvin’s Curassow, but these curassows replace each other geographically with Razor-billed Curassow restricted to the south side of the Amazon and Marañon Rivers and Salvin’s Curassow to the north of the Amazon and Marañon Rivers.

Status:  The Razor-billed Curassow favors floodplain forest where is now rare due to subsistence hunting pressure from human settlements also located in floodplain forests.

Name in Spanish: Paujil Común.

Sub-species: Razor-billed Curassow (Mitu tuberosum) (Spix, 1825).

Meaning of Name: Mitu: Tupi (Native Brazilian) Mitu, Mutu, or mutum= big black bird. tuberosa: L. Full of lumps, or swellings..

See more of the Family Cracidae   peru aves

Distribution Map
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    • Species range based on: Schulenberg, T. S., D. F. Stotz, and L. Rico. 2006. Distribution maps of the birds of Peru, version 1.0. Environment, Culture & Conservation (ECCo). The Field Museum.  http://fm2.fieldmuseum.org/uw_test/birdsofperu on 11/09/2014.