Blue-billed Curassow Crax alberti

Blue-billed Curassow Crax alberti

Blue-billed Curassow Crax alberti

Critically endangered


The Blue-billed Curassow historically occurred in northern Colombia, from the base of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta west to the Sinú valley and south in the Magdalena valley to northern Tolima. The Blue-billed Curassow lives in humid forest up to 1,200 m, but there is at least one record from tropical dry forest (Strewe et al. 2010). The Blue-billed Curassow has been recorded in secondary growth forest and forest where timber extraction has occurred (see Ochoa et al. 2016). The rate of deforestation in this species’s range has been very rapid over recent decades, such that little habitat remains. It is projected that they could undergo an extremely rapid population reduction given increased access and hunting, and therefore qualifies as Critically Endangered.

The Blue-billed Currasow lives in rainforests of #Colombia is critically endangered on @IUCNredlist their main threat is mass #deforestation for illegal drugs, cotton and #palmoil Make art about this forgotten animal #Boycott4Wildlife

This species may be tolerant of low levels of habitat degradation (Strewe et al. 2010); however, its range is affected by outright habitat loss and severe degradation. Vast areas of forest have been cleared since the 17th century, and are used for livestock-farming, arable cultivation, cotton and illegal drug plantations, oil extraction and mining.

IUCN Red List

Severe deforestation has taken place in the lower part of Paramillo National Park, the middle Magdalena valley and in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta (Ochoa et al. 2016).

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Further Information


BirdLife International. 2018. Crax alberti (amended version of 2016 assessment). The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2018: e.T22678525A127590617. Downloaded on 18 February 2021.

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