Zoo Animals

Detroit Zoo - Bare Faced Curassow


Crax fasciolata

At the Detroit Zoo
The bare-faced curassow can be found in the Free-Flight Aviary.

Male curassows are black with white underbellies. They have yellow bills with black tips and exposed black skin around their eyes, which is a good field mark. The females have light brownish-tan underparts with pinkish-red legs and feet. Their upperparts are mostly black with white to tan barring. Most curassows have black feathers that curl forward on the top of their heads, though the female bare-faced curassow’s feathers are black and white. Curassows travel in pairs or small flocks and prefer to run rather than fly.

Fun Facts

  • The males lead their families in the forest to forage for food and will whistle if there is danger.