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(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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Population size assessment of the endangered redbilled curassow Crax blumenbachii: accouting for variation in detectability and sex-biased estimates.
Conservation status and habitat preferences of the cozumel curassow. The Condor, Washington, v.
The red-billed curassow (Crax blumenbachii), social organization and daily activity patterns.
Tiepolo included Daubenton's Curassow from Venezuela in his mural of 1762 for the Throne Room of the Palacio del Oriente in Madrid which celebrates the glories of the continent of America.
Use and knowledge of the razor-billed curassow Pauxi tuberosa (spix, 1825) (galliformes, cracidae) by a riverine community of the Oriental Amazonia, Brazil.
Frugivory of salvin's curassow in a rainforest of the Colombian Amazon.
Seed dispersal by Salvin's Curassow, Mitu salvini (Cracidae), in a tropical forest of Colombia: Direct measurements of dispersal distance.
Efficiency, bias, and consistency of visual and aural censuses for estimating the abundance of Curassows (Cracidae) in tropical forests.
Human impact on population of chachalacas, guans and Curassows (Galliformes: Cracidae) in Venezuela.
The species are: Speckled chachalaca (Ortalis guttata), Spix's guan (Penelope jacquacu), Blue-throated piping-guan (Pipilecumanensis), and Razor-billed curassow (Mitu tuberosum).
Some of the more prized species such as curassow and tinamou have apparently increased in abundance in the Limbo area since the establishment of the Soberania National Park (J.
The present record and other records done by local fishermen indicates that a small population of Great Curassow lives in the isolated forest patches of the Sontecomapan area despite the pressures on the species (Morales & Villa 1998) and the habitat.