Turkey Great Curassow

The male is black with a curly crest, a white belly, and a yellow knob on its bill. There are three morphs of female Great Curassows: barred morph females with barred neck, mantle, wings and tail; rufous morph with an overall reddish brown plumage and a barred tail; and dark morph female with a blackish neck, mantle and tail (the tail often faintly vermiculated), and some barring to the wings. This species has a similar voice to several other curassows, its call consisting of a “peculiar” lingering whistle.

The Great Currasow spends much of its time on the ground, but nests and roosts in trees. Its diet consists mainly of fruits, figs and arthropods.  The male Great Curassow may build the nest and attract a female’s attention to it, though in other cases both members of a pair will build the nest structure. Two eggs are typically laid in a relatively small nest (usually made largely of leaves), The young curassow weighs 123 g (4.3 oz) upon hatching; and by a year of age, when fully fledged and independent of parental care, will be about three-quarters of their adult weight at 3,600 g (7.9 lb). Due to ongoing habitat loss and overhunting in some areas, the Great Curassow is evaluated as Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.

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