Helmeted Curassow

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.
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Details & Statistics

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Hatched on 19 December 2015
Scientific Name
Pauxi pauxi
  • Galliformes
  • Cracidae
  • Pauxi
  • P. pauxi
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Conservation Status
Endangered (as of 29 April 2020)
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
Units: Imperial / Metric
31 to 39 inches
93 to 128 ounces


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

Chinese (汉语) 盔凤冠雉
Czech (Cesky) hoko přílbový
Danish (Dansk) Hjelmhokko
Dutch (Nederlands) Helmhokko
Finnish (Suomi) venezuelankypärähokko
French (Français) Hocco à pierre
German (Deutsch) Helmhokko
Italian (Italiano) Crace dall'elmo
Japanese (日本語) カブトホウカンチョウ [kabutohoukanchou]
Norwegian (Norsk) Nordhjelmhokko
Polish (Polski) czubacz helmiasty
Portuguese (Português) Mutum-de-elmo
Russian (русский язык) Шлемоносный кракс
Spanish (Español) Paují de Yelmo
Swedish (Svenska) Nordlig hjälmhocko
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