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Alagoas Curassow - BirdForum Opus

Skullwild.png The species Alagoas Curassow is extinct in the wild.

Painting by Jose Merizio Jr
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89 cm

  • Black glossed purplish blue plumage
  • Chestnut under-belly
  • Fourteen pale brown-tipped tail feathers
  • Bare greyish crescent-shaped ear patch
  • Whitish-tipped red bill
  • Reddish brown iris

The female is slightly lighter than the male


Formerly resident in forests in the state of Alagoas, Brazil, particularly around the Murici area. With most of the forest removed for the cultivation of sugarcane, the bird was thought to be extinct. A survey found a small number of birds (5) and captured them for a zoo in Rio de Janeiro. With the continued destruction of the bird's habitat and the hunting pressure on cracids throughout Latin America, it seems unlikely that any wild birds survive.

The species is now believed to be extinct in the wild. The individuals surviving were at one time crossbreed with Razor-billed Curassow, and as such, it is unknown if any pure individuals still exist.

Former Range
Graphic by Nrg800


This is a monotypic species[1].





The diet includes fruits.


  1. Clements, JF. 2009. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to December 2009. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019.
  2. Wikipedia
  3. Wanjtal et al. 2010. Ornitologia Neotropical 21(1):31-38

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