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About the Helmeted Curassow

Also known as: Northern Helmeted Curassow
The Helmeted Curassow is a large species of bird found in the Andes in Venezuela and Colombia. They are found in subtropical cloud forest habitat where they feed mainly on seeds and fruits. They also consume insects and small animals.

The Helmeted Curassow is recognized by the large blue-grey casque on its forehead, for which it is named. Males and females look alike, though there is a rare color morph found in some females where the bird appears rufous with barring.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 19 December 2015
Scientific Name Pauxi pauxi
  • Galliformes
  • Cracidae
  • Pauxi
  • P. pauxi
Birdorable Family Grouse
Conservation Status 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 30 August 2017)
Units: Imperial Metric
31 to 39 inches
93 to 128 ounces
Range South America


The Helmeted Curassow is considered to be Endangered. Its current range is segmented along the eastern Andes mountains in Venezuela and Colombia. The species faces major threats from habitat loss and hunting.

International Names

  • 盔凤冠雉 (Chinese)
  • hoko přílbový (Czech)
  • Hjelmhokko (Danish)
  • Helmhokko (Dutch)
  • venezuelankypärähokko (Finnish)
  • Hocco à pierre (French)
  • Helmhokko (German)
  • Crace dall'elmo (Italian)
  • カブトホウカンチョウ [kabutohoukanchou] (Japanese)
  • Nordhjelmhokko (Norwegian)
  • czubacz helmiasty (Polish)
  • Mutum-de-elmo (Portuguese)
  • Шлемоносный кракс (Russian)
  • Paují de Yelmo (Spanish)
  • Nordlig hjälmhocko (Swedish)

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