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Mitu tuberosum

Razor-billed Curassow

  • Order: Galliformes
  • Family: Cracidae
  • Monotypic

Authors: Udoye, K.C., and Thomas S. Schulenberg

Mitu tuberosum

location unknown; 4 December 2008 © Alonso Squevedo Gil

Razor-billed Curassow is a large cracid, and is one of the most widely distributed species of curassow. They occur across much of Amazonia, from Colombia south to Bolivia, and east across Brazil, primarily south of the Amazon River. They lay two eggs per year, and the female incubates them alone. The young are born with full feathers and are mobile right after they hatch. They eat a wide range of foods including seeds, fruit, nuts, worms and insects. An increase in the human population is the main threat to this species.

Recommended Citation

Udoye, K.C., and Thomas S. Schulenberg. 2012. Razor-billed Curassow (Mitu tuberosum), Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Ithaca: Cornell Lab of Ornithology; retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online:

This map is based on the maps available from the NatureServe InfoNatura website, but has been revised by Neotropical Birds Online.

The data for the Infonatura maps are provided by NatureServe in collaboration with Robert Ridgely, James Zook, The Nature Conservancy - Migratory Bird Program, Conservation International - CABS, World Wildlife Fund - US, and Environment Canada - WILDSPACE.

  • Migration/Movement:Resident (nonmigratory)
  • Primary Habitat:Tropical lowland evergreen forest
  • Foraging Strata:Terrestrial
  • Foraging Behavior:Glean
  • Diet:Omnivorous
  • Sociality:Solitary/Pairs
  • Mating System:Unknown
  • Nest Form:Cup
  • Clutch: 2 - 3
  • IUCN Status:Least Concern