Sickle-winged Guan (Chamaepetes goudotii)

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

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Colombia

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Colombia

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. No data

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. No data

Identification & Behavior: ~62.2 cm (24.4 in). The Sickle-winged Guan is uniform olive-brown whiteout pale specks. The breast and belly are rufous. Adult birds have bright blue bare skin face and area around the eyes and red legs. Single birds or pair favor the mid-canopy of montane forest, but also forage on the forest floor.  Can be tame and confident perching on exposed branches. Larger than Andean Guan. The combination of rufous underparts, lack of pale specks, and blue bare skin in the face make this bird unmistakable.  Also, see Bearded Guan

Status: Rare to uncommon on the eastern Andes along a relatively narrow altitudinal band at elevations ranging from 900 to 2200 m. Recorded at higher elevations in southern Peru, specifically in Puno.

Name in Spanish: Pava Ala de Hoz.

Sub-species: Sickle-winged Guan (Chamaepetes goudotii), Lesson, 1828.

Meaning of Name: Chamaepetes: Gr. Khamaipetes: Falling to the ground. goudotii: After J. Goudot, French zoologist who worked in Colombia.

See more of the Family Cracidae   peru aves

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.