Latin America is home to a unique family of aboreal galliformes, Cracidae. The family consists of 50 species in 11 genera found from southern Texas to Argentina. Commonly known simply as Cracids, very few species are well established in aviculture and many more are threatened with extinction in the wild.

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Chachalaca (genus Ortalis)
Twelve species:

  • Plain Chachalaca (Ortalis vetula)
  • Chestnut-winged Chachalaca (O. garrula )
  • Grey-headed Chachalaca (O. cinereiceps)
  • West Mexican Chachalaca (O. poliocephala)
  • Wagler's Chachalaca (O. wagleri)
  • Rufous-vented Chachalaca (O. ruficauda)
  • White-bellied Chachalaca (O. leucogastra)
  • Rufous-headed Chachalaca (O. erythroptera )
  • Chaco Chachalaca (O. canicollis )
  • Speckled Chachalaca (O. guttata )
  • Buff-browed Chachalaca (O. superciliaris)
  • Little Chachalaca (O. motmot)

Curassows (genus Crax)
Seven Species:

Curassows (genus Mitu)
Four species:

  • Alagoas Curassow (Mitu mitu)
  • Razor-billed Curassow (M. tuberosa)
  • Salvin's Curassow (M. salvini)
  • Crestless Curassow (M. tomentosa)

Curassows (genus Nothocrax)
One Species:

  • Nocturnal Curassow (Nothocrax urumutum )

Curassows (genus Pauxi)
Two Species:

Guans (genus Penelope)
Fifteen species:

  • Crested Guan (Penelope purpurascens)
  • Cauca Guan (P. perspicax)
  • White-winged Guan (P. albipennis)
  • Spix's Guan (P. jacquacu)
  • Marail Guan (P. marail)
  • Baudo Guan (P. ortoni)
  • Chestnut-bellied Guan (P. ochrogaster)
  • White-crested Guan (P. pileata)
  • Red-faced Guan (P. dabbenei)
  • White-browed Guan (P. jacucaca)
  • Rusty-margined Guan (P. superciliaris)
  • Dusky-legged Guan (P. obscura)
  • Band-tailed Guan (P. argyrotis)
  • Andean Guan (P. montagnii)
  • Bearded Guan (P. barbata)

Horned Guan (genus Oreophasis)
One Species:

Highland Guan (genus Penelopina)
One Species:

  • Highland Guan (Penelopina nigra)

Piping-Guans (genus Pipile)
Four species:

  • Trinidad Piping-Guan (Pipile pipile)
  • Blue-throated Piping-Guan (P. cumanensis)
  • Red-throated Piping-Guan (P. cujubi)
  • Black-fronted Piping-Guan (P. jacutinga)

Sickle-winged Guan (genus Chamaepetes)
One Species:

  • Sickle-winged Guan (Chamaepetes goudotii)

Wattled Guan (genus Aburria)
One species:

  • Wattled Guan (Aburria aburri)

Pauxi pauxi, Jan Harteman

Oreophasis derbianus, Dan Cowell

Crax daubentoni, Myles Lamont

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