One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A large crested bird of the guan family, found in tropical American forests. The male is typically black in color.
Genus Crax (and Nothocrax), family Cracidae: several species
- ‘The curassows comprise 14 species of sedentary Neotropical birds classified in four genera (Crax, Nothocrax, Mitu, and Pauxi) in the family Cracidae.’
- ‘Male curassows in breeding season vocalize with a deep, resonant humming.’
- ‘The barriers that currently separate the species, combined with the essentially nonmigratory behavior of curassows, hint strongly at a primary role for vicariance.’
- ‘A study group of relatively sedentary birds, such as the curassows, should provide some insight on how important dispersal is to the evolutionary history of less-mobile birds.’
- ‘Did you know that great curassows - 36-inch-tall blue-black birds with yellow bills - mate for life?’
Late 17th century: anglicized form of Curaçao.
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