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wattled curassow, red-wattled curassow
(ball or globe)
Large, terrestrial bird; males have bulbous red-orange knob and wattle on bill
Small fish, insects, aquatic crustaceans and other small animals
Central South America in the Amazon Basin
Tropical forest and tropical lowlands
They sleep high in the forest canopy at night.
The male curassows' brilliantly colored knobs and wattles are used in sexual displays and pair bonding.
The males make a low-pitched booming sound and emit a long whistle that sounds like a firecracker.
ECOLOGY AND CONSERVATION
The birds of the Cracid family are one of the most threatened birds in South America. They are highly susceptible to overhunting and little is known of their natural history. Scientists agree that natural predators are not a significant source of population decline for this species, rather human interference. Until about 1950 the native people harvested the curassow for their meat and for the white vent feathers of the males.
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A Guide to the Birds of Colombia
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Perrins, C.M. and Alex Middleton.
The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Birds
. New York: Prentice Hall Press, 1990.