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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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Density data for a congener of the razor-billed curassow (Salvin's curassow Mitu salvini; Johnson 1993) and for the wattled curassow (Crax globulosa, Yahuarcani et al.
During our censuses, at least one pair of curassow was present at Limbo (yet the pair was extremely wary, which is suggestive of continued hunting pressure), and at least two groups of wood-quail were heard regularly.
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.
In RBSAT, jaguar's diet is mainly collared peccary, withe-tailed deer and white-nosed coati; and puma prey consists mainly on withe-tailed deer, rabbits and great curassow (Hernandez-Saint Martin in revision); activity of jaguars was significantly related with activity of their principal prey species, but all these relationships were negative (Table 3).
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.
I raised my 12 gauge and fired out of pure instinct, but I somehow still managed to hit the rear curassow hen dead center.
Great Curassow Crax rubra--A flight feather from a female was photographed in Canon del Tigre on 2 January 2004 and a male was heard calling at Los Troncones on 14 June 2006.
Some of these names may be unfamiliar: SIRENIAN (a member of the mammalian order Sirenia--sea cows); SPRINGER (a flying fish); WANDEROO (a langur monkey); STAGGARD (a stag in its 4th year); COMMENSAL (an animal which lives attached to another and shares its food); WARRIGAL (Australian wild dog); KOLINSKI (a mink); HARTEBEEST(an antelope); DIDELPHIS (an opossum); BUSH BABY (an African lemur); FILANDER (an intestinal worm; also a Kangaroo); MASTODON (an extinct elephant-like mammal); POPINJAY (a parrot); PETREL (a small sea bird); CURASSOW (a turkey-like bird); STANYEL (a kestrel).