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curassow

(kyûr`əsō'), common name for the largest members of an order of game birds called pigeon-toed fowls, which includes the white-crested guan and the rufous-bellied chachalaca, Ortalis wagleri. These gregarious roosting birds, found from Texas to Argentina, vary from 20 to 40 in. (50–100 cm) in length and are brownish to olive-green in color. They feed on fruit, vegetation, and insects. Curassows are larger than other members of the family and have an erect crest and bright orange or yellow bills. The great curassow, Crax rubra, is found from Mexico to Ecuador. The meat of these birds is a delicacy. Although none are found in the Dutch West Indies, their name is taken from the island of Curaçao. They are easily tamed. Curassows are classified in the phylum ChordataChordata
, phylum of animals having a notochord, or dorsal stiffening rod, as the chief internal skeletal support at some stage of their development. Most chordates are vertebrates (animals with backbones), but the phylum also includes some small marine invertebrate animals.
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, subphylum Vertebrata, class Aves, order Galliformes, family Cracidae.
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The Yellow-knobbed Curassow (Crax daubentoni) occurs locally in the Llanos, dry woodlands, and gallery and deciduous forests in northern Venezuela and adjacent Colombia, being one of larger frugivores within its distribution (Schaefer 1953, Strahl and Silva 1997, Hilty 2003, Delacour and Amadon 2004).
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