STATUS IN THE WILD: Near Threatened
RANGE: South America
PHYSICAL FEATURES AND CHARACTERISTICS
They are known for the distinctive curled, front facing feathers on top of their head and the bright yellow knob and wattles of the males. This knob is used primarily for attracting mates. Although they can fly, they spend most of their time on the ground.
LIFESTYLE AND REPRODUCTION
The yellow-knobbed curassow nests high in trees and only lays two to three eggs at a time. They typically live in flocks of about twenty-five. During mating season, the males will stake claim to a chosen territory and spend his time defending it and attracting as many females as possible.
The birds are primarily found in Venezuela and Columbia.
They spend most of their time on the ground in lowland forests. They have also shown a preference for valleys and ravines near rivers.
They primarily feed on seeds, shoots, and other vegetation that they find while foraging in the forest underbrush. They are known to occasionally snack on insects or small reptiles and amphibians that they find as well.