Wattled Currasow

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.

Wattled Currasow

Crax globulosa

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

Interesting Facts:

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.

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