from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Any of several long-tailed, crested South and Central American game birds of the family Cracidae, related to the pheasants and domestic fowl.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun One of the large gallinaceous South American birds of the genera Crax and Pauxi, and the subfamily Cracinæ.
  • noun plural The family Cracidæ.
  • noun Also spelled carasow, carassow, and also called hocco, mituporanga, and by other names.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Zool.) A large gallinaceous bird of the American genera Crax, Ourax, etc., of the family Cracidæ.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Any of several species of bird in the genera Nothocrax, Mitu, Pauxi and Crax of the Cracidae family, limited to the Americas.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun large crested arboreal game bird of warm parts of the Americas having long legs and tails; highly esteemed as game and food


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Alteration of Curaçao.]


  • "The curassow is my favorite bird," said Mr. González, referring to the roasted meat consumed for dinner the previous night.

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  • "The curassow is my favorite bird," said Mr. González, referring to the roasted meat consumed for dinner the previous night.

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  • Over 375 birds have been recorded, notable species being king vulture Sarcoramphus papa, harpy eagle Harpia harpyia (LR), great curassow Crax rubra, crested guan Penelope purpurescens, scarlet macaw Ara macao, green macaw A. ambigua and military macaw A. militaris.

    Río Plátano Biosphere Reserve, Honduras

  • Among the bird species the following are the commonest: military macaw Ara militaris (VU), rufescent tinamu Crypturellus cinnamomeus, spot‑bellied bobwhite Colinus leucopogon, great curassow Crax rubra, crested guan Penelope purpurascens, blue‑winged teal Anas discors, roseate spoonbill Ajaia ajaja, thick knee Burhinus bistriatus, jabiru Jabiru mycteria (VU), ibis Eudocimus albus and laughing falcon Herpetotheres cachinans.

    Area de Conservación Guanacaste, Costa Rica

  • Species of special concern for this ecoregion are the Colombian ebony and the mahogany, among the precious timber; the Cattleya aurea, as this beautiful orchid has suffered from over-collection for more than seventy years; the two species of tapirs present are highly endangered both at the national and international level; the harpy eagle and the blue-billed curassow are also endangered species than still present in the upper Sinú.

    Sinú Valley dry forests

  • The powerful eagles Spizaetus tyrannus, Morphnus guianensis and Harpia harpyja, the critically endangered blue knobbed curassow Crax alberti, six species of macaws Ara ambigua, A. militaris, A. ararauna, A. macao, A. chloroptera, and A. severa, among others.

    Magdalena-Urabá moist forests

  • The organization has created 15 birding reserves, like the El Paujil Reserve, where birders may be lucky to see the endangered blue-billed curassow, at left.

    Guerrilla Birding

  • Habitat association and notes of the southern helmeted curassow (Pauxi unicornis) in Carrasco National Park, Bolivia.

    Bolivian Yungas

  • Additionally, expeditions undertaken just to study such rare and strongly endemic populations, such as the southern helmeted curassow (Pauxi unicornis).

    Bolivian Yungas

  • Notable are horned screamer Anhima cornuta, Orinoco goose Neochen jubata, harpy eagle, black and white hawk-eagle Spizastur melanoleucusCrax globulosa (VU). and wattled curassow

    Central Amazonian Conservation Complex, Brazil


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  • See also guan and chachalaca. How could these excellently-named birds happen to be related?

    April 29, 2009

  • "Blue jays, woodpeckers, hawks, crested curassows, and eagles had made the return voyage across the Atlantic with the earliest explorers."

    --Joyce Appleby, Shores of Knowledge: New World Discoveries and the Scientific Imagination (New York and London: W.W. Norton & Co., 2013), p. 111

    December 28, 2016