Save Brazil’s Red-billed Curassow

This is a Red-billed Curassow video.

From BirdLife:

SAVE Brasil’s Red-billed Curassow campaign goes to school


The Endangered Red-billed Curassow Crax blumenbachii is endemic to the Brazilian Atlantic Forest, which once covered 1 million km2 of Brazil, but has been reduced to isolated fragments, mostly in southern Bahia.

Because of its large size and attractive appearance, Red-billed Curassow is hunted for food and the bird trade. It is estimated that no more than 250 individuals remain in the wild, mainly in Sooretana Biological Reserve and Vale do Rio Doce Natural Reserve (state of Espírito Santo), and Descobrimento, Monte Pascoal and Pau Brasil National Parks (Bahia).

In 2004, the BirdLife International Brazil Programme (forerunner of Birdlife Affiliate SAVE Brasil), and Brazil’s Federal Environmental Institute, IBAMA, developed a national species action plan for Red-billed Curassow. This describes 32 actions in five thematic lines: public policies and legislation, species and habitat protection, scientific research and reintroduction, management of populations in captivity, and environmental education.

A key area for action is Descobrimento National Park, in the municipality of Prado, Bahia. Every week, SAVE Brasil’s team, in partnership with ICMBio-Prado (Instituto Chico Mendes de Conservação da Biodiversidade, Brazil’s national protected areas agency), surveys the population in and around the park, to assess whether the curassow is surviving despite continuing illegal hunting.

Critically endangered Blue-billed Curassows photographed on Colombian reserve: here.

September 2010: They are black-and-white and rather fuzzy – but these camera trap images are the latest in encouraging news for those working to save the blue-billed curassow in El Paujil Reserve in Colombia: here.

SAVE Brasil launches conservation corridor project at Boa Nova: here.

Atlantic forest: here.

Two Private Nature Reserves in Bahia State, Brazil will help protect the Endangered Fringe-backed Fire-eye: here.

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  1. Brazilian IBA gets own book – The Parque Nacional do Cabo Orange (Cape Orange National Park), located in Amapá state, north Brazil, comprises a strip of coast 200 km long, in addition to a 10 km wide marine zone. Aiming to raise the profile of this biodiverse area, the Centro Nacional de Pesquisa para a Conservação das Aves Silvestres, CEMAVE (National Research Center for the Conservation of Wild Birds), have published Guia de Campos: Aves do Parque Nacional do Cabo Orange. This is the first book published about the park and it will be an important tool in raising local awareness. The Parque Nacional do Cabo Orange is considered an Important Bird Area (IBA) and will be included in the book Áreas Importantes para a Conservação das Aves no Brasil – Parte 2: Amazônia, Cerrado e Pantanal, to be published by BirdLife/SAVE Brasil in 2009. To find out more click here.


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