French: Hocco à pierre German: Helmhokko Spanish: Paují de Yelmo
Other common names:
Northern Helmeted Curassow
Mexico; error = Venezuela
Subspecies and Distribution
P. p. gilliardi
Wetmore & Phelps, Sr, 1943 – Sierra de Perijá, on both sides of Venezuela–Colombia border.
P. p. pauxi
(Linnaeus, 1766) – NC & W Venezuela S through Andes of Mérida into extreme N part of E Andes of Colombia (as far W as N Boyacá); in Venezuela, may once have occurred as far E as Sucre and Monagas#R.
85–92 cm; male 3500–3750 g; one female 2650 g. Large, fig-shaped (nominate race) bluish-grey casque on forehead. Normal morph female like male; barred (rufous)... read more
Vocalizations strongly reminiscent of P. unicornis; the song is a repeated, low-pitched... read more
Dense, wet, cool montane forest (cloudforest) on steep slopes in subtropical zone; also ranges into... read more
Food and feeding
Poorly known. Mainly fallen fruits and seeds, which are taken from ground; also tender leaves, grasses and buds of undergrowth plants; only... read more
Territorial singing begins with onset of rainy season, usually in Dec; nests built in Mar–Apr; one juvenile of race gilliardi... read more
Mainly sedentary, but it has been suggested that species makes some altitudinal movements, possibly... read more
Status and conservation
ENDANGERED. Situation serious: action urgent. Population presently estimated at fewer than 2500 mature individuals. Common during 19th century in mountains of N Venezuela: in... read more
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