Smooth-billed curassow, black curassow (Crax alector)
English: Crax alector in the Rio de Janeiro Zoo, Brazil.
Español: Crax alector en el Zoo de Río de Janeiro, Brasil.
Italiano: Crax alector nello Zoo di Rio de Janeiro, Brasile.
Date 18 September 2008
Source Own work
Author Alberto Apollaro Teleuko
The black curassow (Crax alector), also known as the smooth-billed curassow and the crested curassow, is a species of bird in the Cracidae family, the chachalacas, guans, and curassows. It is found in humid forests in northern South America in Colombia, Venezuela, the Guianas and far northern Brazil. Introduced to Bahamas, Cuba, Jamaica, Haiti, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico and Lesser Antilles. It is the only Crax curassow where the male and female cannot be separated by plumage, as both are essentially black with a white crissum (the area around the cloaca), and have a yellow (eastern part of its range) or orange-red (western part of its range) cere. Order: Galliformes, Family: Cracidae.