Meet Our Animals > Northern Helmeted Curassow
Quick Facts
Native to Subtropical cloud-forests in steep mountainous regions in Venezuela and Colombia
Primary Diet Seeds, fruits, leaves, insects, and occasionally small animals, such as mice and frogs
Adult Weight 7 to 8 pounds
Lifespan 20 to 25 years
Status Endangered

Northern Helmeted Curassow

The Northern helmeted curassow is one of the largest birds in the South American forests — about the size of a wild turkey. It’s a very elusive bird, moving quite slowly through the thick underbrush during the twilight hours. The call of the Northern helmeted curassow is a prolonged, low-pitch grunting or groaning sound.

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