Wattled Curassow

Wattled Curassow Crax globulosa

Type of Animal:

Humid forest, tropical lowland forest, seasonally flooded forest, riverine forest, gallery forest, areas around lakes, river islands, lowland forest water edges, foothills

Far SE Colombia, W Brazil, E Peru, far E Ecuador, N Bolivia

Males have black plumage except for white cloacal area, dark brown irises, blackish legs/bill/feet, crimson bill ornaments/knob. Females have black plumage w/ reddish-buff cloacal area, sometimes faint brownish marbling around posterior wing feathers/wing coverts, blackish bill/iris, lack wattling/knobbing & have orange-red cere (bill base), feet/legs grayish flesh color, younger males have yellowish bill ornaments. Turkey-like appearance. Females have shorter curly crest than males.

Fruit, greens, leaves, seeds, flowers, insects, crustaceans, fish

Status in Wild:

Breeding in zoos & wildlife centers

Small groups of a male w/ 1-2 females & chicks

Additional Info:

Male: Cock
Female: Hen
Young: Chick
Group: Covey 
Male: 7 lbs
Female: 5.5 lbs
Young: 2.8 lbs

1 month 

Life Span:
20 years

Male: 2.9 ft
Female: 2.7 ft

Body Length:
Male: 2.9 ft
Female: 2.7 ft

Tail Length:
1.3 ft, same for both sexes

Main predators of adults are crocodilians, felids, bears, anacondas, boa constrictors, & eagles. Chicks preyed on by monkeys, opossums, hawks, & rainbow boas.
Endangered due to habitat loss, deforestation, hunting for meat/eggs, deforestation, agriculture, & mining. Males hunted more often than females due to loud booming calls.
Males highly territorial, w/ fights sometimes resulting in death.
Females lay 1-3 eggs per clutch, once a year.
Chick (s) stay w/ parents for a year.
Sexually mature at 2 years old.
Males make low-pitched booming sound & emit high descending whistles.
Knob/wattle on male used in mating displays.
Newly hatched chicks covered in brown down above & whitish down below.
Males court females by strutting around them & giving out low booming calls.
Crude flat twig/leaf cup nests small compared to birds.
Highly sedentary, living only a few miles away from birthplace at most.
While more arboreal than many other curassow species, they do rely on speed to escape predators.
Forage on the ground.

Fun Fact(s):
Highly precocial, being able to move about soon after hatching.
Swallow stones to aid digestion of tough seeds.
They can panic easily & are rather skittish in the wild.
Very curious birds. Many individuals rather friendly towards people though hand-raised imprinted males can be aggressive towards people as well as females.

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