Northern Helmeted Curassow (Pauxi pauxi)
The Grey Parrot Anatomy Project has been established in part to improve upon and create technology that allows the world to study anatomy of any animal. While the focus is on the grey parrot, the methodology being developed has already been used on birds, mammals (including humans), reptiles and more. One of the advances has been the development CT (CAT scan) protocols for use in many species. Animals, such as this northern helmeted curassow, are scanned in and the data is then stored for use by researchers worldwide. The inside spongy bone of the curassow’s casque, situated on top of the upper beak, is readily visualized using this micro CT protocol.