Crested Guan (Penelope purpurascens)

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

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Colombia

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Costa Rica

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Costa Rica

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Costa Rica

Identification & Behavior: ~87.5 cm (34.4 in). The Crested Guan is all brown with pale specks along the neck, upper back, and breast. They have grayish bare skin around the eyes and face. Sexes are similar and have a bright red throat and dewlaps.  The Crested Guan is distinguished from Rufous-headed Chachalaca by much larger size, pale specks, and a bright red throat and dewlap. No other similar Penelope Guan occurs in this species’ range in Peru. Also, see Spix’s Guan and White-winged Guan.

Status: The Crested Guan is poorly known in Peru. Reports of the species come from the humid deciduous forest of extreme northwest Peru, where it ranges at elevations of up to 800 m.

Name in Spanish: Pava Crestada.

Sub-species: Crested Guan (Penelope purpurascens aequatorialis) Salvadori and Festa, 1900 .

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

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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.