Our Birdorable Bonanza: 2015 Advent Edition rolls on today with an unusual species of grouse from South America: the Helmeted Curassow! Helmeted Curassows are large grouse found in the Venezuelan and Colombian Andes Mountains. They can be found in subtropical cloud forest... Read more »
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 & Statistics
The Helmeted Curassow is listed as Endangered on the IUCN Red List and was last assessed in 2013 by BirdLife International. This species has a very small population comprising very small subpopulations, which are declining owing to habitat loss and hunting. It therefore qualifies as Endangered.