Chachalacas, Guans and Curassows (Cracidae)

Bare-faced Curassow (Crax fasciolata) - HBW 2, p. 362

French: Hocco à face nue German: Nacktgesichthokko Spanish: Pavón Muitú
Other common names: Banded/Sclater's/Fasciated Curassow; Natterer's Curassow (pinima)

Taxonomy: Crax fasciolata Spix, 1825, state of Pará, Brazil.
All members of genus form superspecies. C. sclateri is a synonym. "C. estudilloi", an unconfirmed new species described in 1977, is thought by some to have originated from a hybrid of present species with another species of Crax (see page 315). Present species has hybridized in captivity with C. alberti and members of Penelope. Recently, a new race, xavieri, described from a male of captive origin showing ochre flanks and upper thighs; possibly a plumage aberration. Three subspecies normally recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • pinima Pelzeln, 1870 - NE Brazil.
  • fasciolata Spix, 1825 - C & SW Brazil (S of R Amazon), Paraguay and N Argentina.
  • grayi Ogilvie-Grant, 1893 - E Bolivia.