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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.
The diet includes fruits.
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