Birds of Colombia

    GALLIFORMES: Cracidae (Chachalacas, Curassows, Guans)  
Genus: Mitu (3 species, 4 worldwide)

Mitu is one of three genus of Curassow, the largest 'gamebird' in tropical America (80 cm.). Mitu curassow do not have knobbed bills, nor do they have a horn extending above the bill. Curassows move at all levels of the forest, eating insects and fruit.

Salvin's Curassow
Salvin's Curassow (Mitu salvini)
Reserva Natural La Isla Escondida, Orito, Putumayo, Colombia  
Photograph by Tom Friedel   © All Rights Reserved.

Unlike many species of curassow, the male and female Salvin's Curassow are virtually identical.

Crestless Curassow
Crestless Curassow (Mitu tomentosum) Near Threatened
Photograph by David Ascanio -   © All Rights Reserved.

Razor-billed Curassow
Razor-billed Curassow (Mitu tuberosum) Near Threatened
Photograph by Tom Friedel   © All Rights Reserved.

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