Northern Helmeted Curassow

The Northern Helmeted Curassow (Pauxi pauxi), is a species of bird in the Cracidae family of chachalacas, guans, and curassows. It is found in the eastern Andes of Venezuela and Colombia. It is listed on Appendix II of CITES, and was formerly listed as Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List. Recent research has shown, however, that numbers of this species is decreasing more and more rapidly. It was upgraded to Endangered in 2008.

It is a large (up to 36 inches long) terrestrial black bird with a small head. There is a large bluish helmet-like protrusion on the forehead. It has a red bill, white-tipped tail feathers, greenish mantle and breast feathers, and white underside. Sexes are similar. The female is smaller than the male.

The diet consists mainly of seeds, fruits, insects and small animals. The female lays two cream colored eggs and incubates them for about 30 days.

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