An Introduction to the Birds of Tropical America

    Gamebirds - Cracids  

Cracids is a name sometimes used for 'gamebirds' of the order Galliformes and family Cracidae. Cracids include chachalacas, larger guans, and the very large curassow. Cracids are only found in tropical American forests, and take the place in the forest ecosystems of pheasants, which are found in the rest of the world.

Colombian Chachalaca
Colombian Chachalaca (Ortalis columbiana)
ProAves Chestnut-capped Piha Reserve, AnorĂ­, Antioquia, Colombia

A Male Curassow
Blue-billed Curassow (Crax alberti) Male
ProAves Blue-billed Curassow Reserve, Puerto Pinzon, Boyaca, Colombia

Black-fronted Piping Guan
Black-fronted Piping Guan (Pipile jacutinga)

Andean Guan
Andean Guan (Penelope montagnii)
ACAIME Reserve, Salento, Colombia

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