Bearded Guan (Penelope barbata)

Order: Galliformes | Family: Cracidae  | IUCN Status: Vulnerable

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Southern Ecuador

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Northern Peru

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Southeast Ecuador

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Southeast Ecuador

Identification & Behavior: ~58.5 cm (23 in). The Bearded Guan is all brown with pale specks on the neck, upper back and breast, and silvery gray around the eyes and face. Adult birds have a reduced red dewlap and red legs. Very similar to Andean Guan, but these species replace each other geographically with Bearded Guan restricted to the north and west side of the Marañon River Valley.

Status: The Bearded Guan is rare to uncommon in pairs at elevations ranging from 1700 to 2900 m. Largely arboreal but also descent to forage on the ground.

Name in Spanish: Pava Barbada.

Sub-species: Bearded Guan (Penelope barbata) Chapman, 1921.

Meaning of Name: Penelope: L. Pene=quasi or similar to, and lothos=crest. Barbata: L. Bearded.

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Distribution Map


    • 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.