Helmeted Curassow

South America


Pauxi pauxi


Its decline results from hunting and long-term destruction, fragmentation and modification of its habitat.

Restricted to northeast Colombia and northwest Venezuela, the Helmeted Curassow is fast becoming extinct due to overhunting and habitat destruction. This large terrestrial bird from the Cracidae family is predominantly black-coloured with a red bill, white-tipped tail, and unique grey casque (hornbill) on its forehead.

An adult male and female can grow up to 100 cm in length with an approximate weight of 8 lbs and 6 lbs, respectively. It forages forest floor and sub-canopy areas for fruits and seeds as well as insects and small animals.