Salvin's Curassow Mitu salvini


Salvin’s Curassow is rare and local throughout its range in the lowland forest of eastern Ecuador and bordering Perú and Colombia. They are extensively hunted, so are largely restricted to very remote areas. Salvin's Curassow is the curassow that is most likely to be seen in their range; there is geographic overlap with Nocturnal Curassow (Nothocrax urumutum), which is frequently heard but seen only very rarely, and with Wattled Curassow (Crax globulosa), which is a rare and threatened species. Compared to similar-looking curassows, note the distinctive white on the tail tip, in addition to the short crest feathers and white belly. Often seen in pairs, they feed on the ground, though roost and rest low in trees. They occur in both terra firme and várzea, and seem to prefer areas near water. Their song is primarily given in the early dawn, and is a series of low, drawn out, resonating notes.

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Recommended Citation

Salvin's Curassow (Mitu salvini), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: