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Blue-Billed Curassow

There are less than 250 of these birds left in the wild. The Houston Zoo has been working to save these birds since the 1970s – in fact there have been more than 50 blue-billed curassows born in Houston!

Stable
Threatened
Endangered

Animal Facts

Scientific Name

Crax alberti

Range

Central and South America

Location in the Zoo

You might see this bird in the Fischer Bird Gardens or Birds of the World; we also care for them behind the scenes.

Cool Animal Fact

The Houston Zoo is one of the few zoos ever to breed this animal.

How We Help Save Them 

  • Set up and installed 6 camera traps in an attempt to locate any blue-billed curassows that might be in the Montes de Maria region of Colombia
  • No records of blue-billed curassows were obtained during the first month following camera trap installations, but images of 35 reptile, bird, and mammal species were recovered!
  • One puma (cougar) was spotted on camera, which is the most recent record of this species in the study region.
  • Cameras also recorded the first known images of a striped hog-nosed skunk and a greater grison (resembles a honey badger) in the Montes de Maria region.

Blue-billed Curassow News / More ›

Continued Search for Rare Bird in Colombia
April 23, 2018

Continued Search for Rare Bird in Colombia

Your Visit is Helping a Rare Bird in Colombia
March 1, 2018

Your Visit is Helping a Rare Bird in Colombia

Saving a Species One Chick at a Time
April 20, 2017

Saving a Species One Chick at a Time

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