Salvin’s Curassow (Mitu salvini)

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

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Loreto, Peru

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Napo, Ecuador

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Eastern Ecuador

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. No Data

Identification & Behavior: ~86.5 cm (34 in). The Salvin’s Curassow is a turkey-like bird. They are black with iridescent bluish feathers and velvety black upper neck and head.  Males and females are similar in having a terminal white tail band, white in the lower belly and vent areas, and a bright red bill with the culmen elongated and shaped into a sharp ridge (more developed in males). Very similar to Razor-billed Curassow, but these curassows replace each other geographically with Salvin’s Curassow restricted to the north side of the Amazon and  Marañon Rivers and Razor-billed Curassow to the south of the Amazon and Marañon Rivers.

Status: The Salvin’s Curassow favors floodplain forest where it is now rare due to excessive subsistence hunting.

Name in Spanish: Paujil de Salvin.

Sub-species: Salvin’s Curassow (Mitu salvini) Reinhardt, 1879.

Meaning of Name: Crax: not explained. salvini: After English ornithologist and collector Obster Salvin.

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Distribution Map


    • 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. on 11/09/2014.