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.
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.