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Helmeted Curassow

Pauxi pauxi

Helmeted curassow, large black bird with gray casque, or bump, on its forehead.

About Helmeted Curassow

Northern helmeted curassows are unmistakable large birds about the size of a wild turkey. They are native to the mountainous cloud forests in northern South America, and get their name from the large, bluish-gray casque on their forehead. Curassow populations are in decline due to habitat loss and hunting.


Northern helmeted curassows are found in the subtropical cloud-forests of Venezuela and Columbia. They live in steep mountainous regions, where they favor humid gorges with dense undergrowth.


They forage on the ground for fruit, seeds, leaves, and small animals.

Family Life

Helmeted curassows are mostly found on the ground, but will build nests in trees. They live in pairs or family groups.

Conservation Status

The conservation status of the Helmeted Curassow's conservation status is classified as endangered.
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Facts about Helmeted Curassow

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    Pauxi pauxi
  • Life Span:
    20 to 25 years
  • Size:
    Up to 3 ft
  • Weight:
    5 to 8 pounds

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