Andean Guan (Penelope montagnii)

Order: Galliformes | Family: Cracidae  | IUCN Status: Least Concern

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Wayquecha B. S., Cusco

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Alto Mayo, Amazonas

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Manizales, Colombia

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Manu Road, Cusco

Identification & Behavior: ~56 cm (22 in). The Andean Guan is all brown with pale specks on the neck, upper back, and breast.  They have a reduced red dewlap and red legs. Similar to the Bearded Guan, but these species replace each other geographically with Andean Guan being restricted to the south and east side of the Manrañon River Valley.

Status: The Andean Guan is fairly common at elevations ranging from 1700 to 3300 m. They are largely arboreal found in pairs or small family groups. They also descend to the forage on the ground.

Name in Spanish: Pava Andina.

Sub-species: Andean Guan (Penelope montagnii plumosa) Berlepsch and Stolzmann, 1902.

Meaning of Name: Penelope: L. Pene=quasi or similar to, and lothos=crest. montagnii: After French Botanist Jean Francois Camille Montagne.

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Distribution Map
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    • Species range based on: Schulenberg, T. S., D. F. Stotz, and L. Rico. 2006. Distribution maps of the birds of Peru, version 1.0. Environment, Culture & Conservation (ECCo). The Field Museum. on 11/09/2014.