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Mitu (bird)

Mitu tuberosum
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Domain: Eukaryota
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Galliformes
Family: Cracidae
Subfamily: Cracinae
Genus: Mitu
Lesson, 1831
Type species
Ourax mitu[1]
Temminck ( = Crax mitu Linnaeus)

M. tomentosum
M. mitu
M. salvini
M. tuberosum

Mitu is a genus of curassows, large birds in the family Cracidae. They are found in humid tropical forests in South America. Their plumage is iridescent black with a white or rufous crissum (the area around the cloaca) and tail-tip, and their legs and bills are red. The genders are alike.


Image Scientific name Common Name Distribution
Mitu tomentosum Crestless curassow Brazil, Colombia, Guyana, and Venezuela.
Mitu mitu - extinct in the wild (mid-late 1980s) Alagoas curassow Northeastern Brazil
Mitu salvini Salvin's curassow Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru.
Mitu tuberosum Razor-billed curassow Amazon Rainforest


  1. ^ Peters, JL (1934). Check-list of birds of the world. Vol. 2. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press. pp. 9–10.
  • Hilty, Steven L (2003). Birds of Venezuela. London: Christopher Helm. ISBN 0-7136-6418-5.
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