Wattled Curassow (Crax globulosa)

Order: Galliformes | Family: Cracidae  | IUCN Status: Endangered

Age: Adult | Sex: Male| Loc. No Data

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

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

Age: Adult | Sex: Female | Loc. Captive Bird

Identification & Behavior: ~86.5 cm (34 in). Male and female Wattled Curassow are black with a long tail without a white terminal band. Males have a long curly and erectile crest, red knobs above and below the base of the bill and white lower belly and vent areas. Females have a shorter crest, reddish-yellow reduced knobs, and chestnut lower belly and vent area. Unlike Razor-billed Curassow and Salvin’s Curassow, Wattle Curassow have an all-black tail without a white terminal tail band. Also, see Blue-throated Piping Guan.

Status: The Wattled Curassow was apparently widely distributed along floodplain forest in Amazonia. Overhunting seems to be the leading cause of the species precipitous population decline in Amazonia. The species is rare and seems to occur only in a few locations where are frequently seen along riverine habitats and river islands.

Name in Spanish: Paujil Carunculado.

Sub-species: Wattled Curassow (Crax globulosa) Spix, 1825.

Meaning of Name: Crax: not explained. globulosa: L.  Short for globus=ball, globular, blood cells. In reference to the globular shape of cere.

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.