Birds of Colombia

    GALLIFORMES: Cracidae (Chachalacas, Curassows, Guans)  
Genus: Crax (5 species, 7 worldwide)

Crax is one of two genus of Curassow, the largest 'gamebird' in tropical America, ranging from 75 to 90 cm. Male Crax curassow have knobbed bills. Curassow like gamebirds are omnivorous.


Blue-billed Curassow
Blue-billed Curassow (Crax alberti) Male Critically Endangered
ProAves Blue-billed Curassow Reserve, Puerto Pinzon, Boyaca, Colombia  
   
Photograph by Tom Friedel   © All Rights Reserved.

Blue-billed Curassow
Blue-billed Curassow (Crax alberti) Female Critically Endangered
ProAves Blue-billed Curassow Reserve, Puerto Pinzon, Boyaca, Colombia  
   
Photograph by Tom Friedel   © All Rights Reserved.

Female with crest raised.

Black Curassow
Black Curassow (Crax alector alector)
Atta Rainforest Lodge, Guyana  
   
Photograph by Tropical Birding (Nick Athanas)   © All Rights Reserved.

Male and female almost identical (female has some white in crest). 'Erythrognatha' subspecies in the northwest part of the range has an orange bill, while others have a yellow bill.

Yellow-knobbed Curassow
Yellow-knobbed Curassow (Crax daubentoni)
Caricuao, Venezuela  
   
Photograph by Tom Friedel   © All Rights Reserved.

Found in llanos flooded ecosystem but more common in Venezuela. Female does not have a yellow cere and some white streaks in the crest and on the belly.

Wattled Curassow
Wattled Curassow (Crax globulosa)
Amazonia, Brazil  
   
Photograph by Cláudio D. Timm     Copyright and usage info

Very rare and local, usually alongside rivers. Note black tipped bill. Male has red knob on bill and wattle, and white belly. Female has simple bill and red belly.

Great Curassow
Great Curassow (Crax rubra) Female
Zoo Ave, Alajuela, Costa Rica  
   
Photograph by Tom Friedel   © All Rights Reserved.

Great Curassow
Great Curassow (Crax rubra) Immature Male
Bahia Solano, Choco, Colombia  
   
Photograph by Tom Friedel   © All Rights Reserved.



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