Chachalacas, Guans and Curassows (Cracidae)

Northern Helmeted Curassow (Pauxi pauxi) - HBW 2, p. 358

French: Hocco à pierre German: Helmhokko Spanish: Paují de Yelmo
Other common names: Helmeted/Galeated Curassow

Taxonomy: Crax pauxi Linnaeus, 1766, Mexico, error = Venezuela.
Both members of genus have been placed, together with those of Mitu, and less often Nothocrax, in Crax. Forms superspecies with P. unicornis, which has been considered a race of present species (see page 315). Race gilliardi has sometimes been considered specifically distinct, but differences very slight. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • pauxi (Linnaeus, 1766) - NC & W Venezuela through Andes of Mérida across border into northernmost E Andes of Colombia.
  • gilliardi Wetmore & Phelps, 1943 - Sierra de Perijá, occurring on both sides of Venezuelan Colombian border.