Order
Galliformes
Family
Cracidae
Genus
Penelope
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Crested Guan Penelope purpurascens

  • LC Least Concern
  • Names (20)
Kadeem Gilbert and Thomas S. Schulenberg
Version: 1.0 — Published December 6, 2013

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Loud honking and yelping cries, or a crashing sound in the subcanopy, often is the first indication of the presence of the large arboreal Crested Guan. The northernmost member of the genus Penelope, Crested Guan ranges from Mexico to south to western Ecuador and to northern Venezuela. Several other species of guans appear very similar and are best separated by range and vocalizations. In protected areas where hunting is not allowed, the species can be quite approachable and even tame, but throughout much of its range Crested Guan is heavily hunted.

Distribution of the Crested Guan
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Distribution of the Crested Guan

Recommended Citation

Gilbert, K. and T. S. Schulenberg (2013). Crested Guan (Penelope purpurascens), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/nb.cregua1.01