This beautiful black bird has fancy curly feathers on its head along with quite the eye-catching red-orange bill ornamentation. The currasow lives in the tropical forests and highlands and rarely comes to the ground in the wild. Because of this life in the trees, little is known of their breeding habits.
Distribution: Scattered populations occur in forests along rivers of the Amazon Basin in Colombia, Brazil, Bolivia and Peru
Diet in the Wild: Small fish, crustaceans, fruits, insects
Diet at Caldwell Zoo:Grain, meal worms, eggs, fruit and various greens
IUCN Red List Status: Endangered, population decreasing
Threats: Habitat loss; hunting by locals, trappers and loggers
The male wattled curassow has a brightly colored reddish-orange growth on its beak, called a wattle. The wattle is used to attract females during mating displays.
Male wattled curassows make two distinct calls. The first is a low, booming sound, and the second is a high-pitched descending whistle.