Razor-billed Curassow Mitu tuberosum

  • Order: Galliformes
  • Family: Cracidae
  • Monotypic
  • Authors: K. C. Udoye and Thomas S. Schulenberg


Conservation Status

Razor-billed Curassow has a very broad geographic distribution. Consequently, although the population trend is believed to be one of decline, the IUCN Red List status for this species is Least Concern (BirdLife International 2011).

Effects of human activity on populations

Razor-billed Curassow is heavily hunted for food. At one site in northern Peru, for example, this was the second most heavily hunted species of cracid, after Blue-throated Piping-Guan Pipile cumanensis, and was harvested at a rate that was not sustainable (Begazo 1997, Begazo and Bodmer 1998). Other parts of the Razor-billed Curassow are used as religious symbols and for medicinal purposes. Their eggs are eaten when found, while some preserve the eggs, hatch them with chickens and the hatchlings are then raised along with the chickens (Barros et al. 2011).

Recommended Citation

Udoye, K. C. and T. S. Schulenberg (2012). Razor-billed Curassow (Mitu tuberosum), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/nb.rabcur2.01