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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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While producing a series of water colours of Maya monuments, Hughes becomes increasingly entranced by curassows which he first saw in the wild in Guatemala.
All four species are widespread and, excluding the Razorbilled curassow, are relatively common in western Amazonian rainforest (Rodriguez-Mahecha et al.
Although no other species have been clearly extirpated by hunting, it is likely that continued hunting pressure has affected populations of several species, especially curassows, wood-quail, and tinamous.
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.
We put the pieces on a wooden rack high over the fire to smoke next to a smorgasbord of peacock bass, curassow and piranha.
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Confirmation of a second population for Colombia of the Wattled Curassow (Crax globulosa) in the lower Caqueta River.
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Seven prey species can be considered diurnal and showed significantly more activity at day hours; these included great curassow (Crax rubra) ([chi square] = 77.79, d.f.
(34) A variety of species, including geese, bald eagles (Haliaeetus leucocephalus), red-tail hawks (Buteo jamainensis), macaws, and a curassow (Crax alberti), have been affected, and many diagnoses of stenosis are thought to be related to intubation.