Day 80 of #the100dayproject and my #realandendangered project. Today, I want to look the Blue-billed Curassow (or Blue-knobbed curassow), which is only found in a few remnant forest patches of Northern Colombia. It is also considered most threatened cracid species (birds in the family Cracidae) in the world and one of the birds closest to extinction in the Americas. Here are a few facts about this rare bird: 1. In addition to their distinctive blue cere and wattles (hence the name blue-billed), they have a crest of curly black feathers. 2. They feed mainly on the ground. Their diet includes fruit, shoots, invertebrates and perhaps even carrion. 3.They inhabit humid tropical forests in lowlands, foothills and lower mountain slopes. 4. They are a large bird (around 83 – 93 cm in size). 5. They have a low booming voice.
The International Union for the Conservation of Nature currently lists them as "critically endangered." Their range has seen a rapid rate of deforestation and habitat loss over the past decade. Conservation efforts have been around a while, for example, the Houston Zoo has been working to save these birds since the 1970s. Through their efforts at least 50 individuals have been born through captive breeding. Their range also falls within the El Paujíl Bird Reserve and the Paramillo National Park, but overall the species populations and distribution needs to be accurately surveyed to confirm their presence through the range. Increased efforts to limit hunting, education campaigns and awareness, and increasing protections against further deforestation and habitat loss are needed to protect the species. #enmlillustration #thesadhappy #digitalart