Great Curassow

Great Curassow


Inhabits the humid lowland forests of Mexico, Central America and Colombia.


Graat curassows spend most of the time on the ground foraging for food. They are seen in pairs or small family groups. Birds comunicate within the group using few differnt sounds. Male utters high-pitched whistle to alert the group of danger. When scared they prefer to run instead of flying away. They use flight to seek shelter in the trees.


Their diet mainly consists of fallen fruits, berries, and seeds. Occasionally, they also forage for insects and small vertebrates.


Breeding occurs in early spring. The pair of birds builds nest in a tree, not very far from the ground. Females incubate one or two white eggs for about 30 days. Fledging occurs around 20 days and young are independent soon after.


Chicks of this species are hatched with well-developed flight feathers. They are ready to leave the nest within a few hours and have ability to fly within next few days.

  • Latin name: Crax rubra rubra
  • IUCN –Red List – VU – Vulnerable
  • CITES – Appendix III

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