Assessment of conservation status of newly rediscovered southern horned curassow and associated biodiversity in Peru

Melvin Gastanaga Corvacho

The Peruvian taxon of southern horned curassow was discovered in 1969 yet no scientist had actually seen this bird until 2005. No scientific data exists about its habitat and conservation requirements in Peru. We know nothing about it’s ecology, habitat and behavior or even if it is a separate species or not. This project will make the first scientific study and conservation assessment of this species in Peru and assess the conservation importance of the associated biodiversity in the Sira endemic area (EBA 053). We also aim to collect recordings of its song to determine if it is a separate critically endangered species. The information will be used to initiate a long term conservation program.