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Great Curassow

(Crax rubra)

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Very large chicken-like bird with conspicuous, curly, headcrest and long tail; male is black with white belly and has yellow "knob" on bill; female is mostly brownish or red-brown with white and black barred head; to 91cm (3ft). (Pavón, Granadera, Pajuila).


Low- and mid-elevation forests, Caribbean and Pacific slopes; found walking on ground in forest interior and at forest edges. This species is vulnerable in some regions of CostaRica, Guatemala, and Honduras.

Found in the following Parks:

Braulio Carrillo National Park.
Carara National Park.
Caño Negro National Wildlife Refuge.
Corcovado National Park.
La Amistad National Park.
La Selva Biological Reserve.
Palo Verde National Park.
Rincón de La Vieja National Park.
Santa Rosa Nacional Park.
Robert & Catherine Wilson Botanical Garden.

If you want to read about Eco-Tourism, Ecology, Behavior, Breeding and more of Costa Ricas' Fauna, we recommend to buy the Travelers' Wildlife Guide of Costa Rica by Les Beletzky (or Belesky) with beautiful illustrations by Davis Dennis. This priceless guide is our constant companion, when we travel around Costa Rica, Panama and Nicaragua.
To buy the complete book visit Interlink Books

The team of Discovery Travel World wishes you the best of times in our little paradise called Costa Rica.

Great Curassow (Crax rubra), Costa Rica