Cracidae – Chachalacas, guans & curassows

Long-tailed, arboreal birds of Central and South America are generally considered important indicators of habitat quality

Cracids are a family of large birds which are similar to Turkeys. Amongst the family, Curassows have large-sized bodies, while Chachalacas are the smallest. Cracids have broad and long tails that help them to navigate their large body during flights. Some species also possess ornamental crests or casques on their head or bill.

These forest-dwelling birds build their nests in trees, and chicks are well-matured at birth. Some species are known to provide parental care to their young ones. Birds are frugivorous but also forage on plants and small animals. In Neotropical forests, members of the family are involved in seed dispersal.