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Blue-billed Curassow

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About the Blue-billed Curassow

Also known as: Albert's Currassow, Annulated Curassow, Blue-knobbed Curassow, Blue-bellied Curassow,
The Blue-billed Curassow is a species of bird found only in Colombia, in South America. It belongs to the Cracidae family, which includes chachalacas, guans and curassows. They have a mostly black plumage with a white vent and white barring at the end of the tail. Both males and females have a crest at the top of the head made of curly feathers, which gives them a unique look.

This species feeds mainly on the ground, where it eats a variety of insects and worms. They also feed on fruits and other plant material. Blue-billed Curassows also take in gravel or sand as an aid to digestion.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 03 December 2015
Scientific Name Crax alberti
  • Galliformes
  • Cracidae
  • Crax
  • C. alberti
Birdorable Family Grouse
Conservation Status Critically Endangered
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
(as of 29 August 2017)
Units: Imperial Metric
32 to 36 inches
Range South America


The Blue-billed Curassow is critically endangered, with fewer than 700 alive in the wild. Conservation groups including zoos, like the Houston Zoo, have been working to save the species from extinction. More than 50 of the birds have been hatched at the zoo in their ongoing efforts.

Blue-billed Curassows face threats from both habitat loss and by the use of chemicals in farming. They have also historically been hunted for food.

International Names

  • 蓝嘴凤冠雉 (Chinese)
  • hoko modrozobý (Czech)
  • Blåknoppet Hokko (Danish)
  • Blauwknobbelhokko (Dutch)
  • sininokkahokko (Finnish)
  • Hocco d'Albert (French)
  • Blaulappenhokko (German)
  • Crace beccoblu (Italian)
  • アオコブホウカンチョウ [aokobuhoukanchou] (Japanese)
  • Blåknopphokko (Norwegian)
  • czubacz niebieskodzioby (Polish)
  • Mutum-de-bico-azul (Portuguese)
  • Синеклювый кракс (Russian)
  • Pavón Piquiazul (Spanish)
  • Blånäbbad hocko (Swedish)

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