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White-winged Guan Penelope albipennis

Ferrnando Angulo Pratolongo
Version: 1.0 — Published June 3, 2011

Diet and Foraging

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The White-winged Guan feeds on vegetable material (fruits, flowers, seeds and leaves) from at least 34 species of trees and bushes of the dry forest (Ortiz and Diaz 1997, Lerner et al. 2003). The most important species in the diet of the White-winged Guan are the fig "Higuerón" (Ficus spp.) and "Overo" (Cordia lutea), since both are available most of the year.

Other species that form part of the diet of the White-winged Guan are shown in the following table:

Some plants in the diet of the White-winged Guan

Spanish name

Latin name

Part consumed

Hierba santa Cestrum auriculatum Fruits
Palo blanco Celtis iguanea Flowers and leaves
Tuple, Luchaj Acnistus arborescens Fruits
Overo Cordia lutea Flowers, fruits and leaves
Lipe Scutia spicata Fruits
Higuerón Ficus spp. Fruits
Frejolillo Erythrina smithiana Flowers
Faique Acacia macracantha Fruits
Angolo Pithecellobium multiflorum Fruits and leaves
Chaquiro Pithecellobium excelsum Fruits and seeds
Cerecillo Muntingia calabura Flowers, fruits and leaves
Café* Coffea arabica Fruits
Angolo Pithecellobium multiflorum Fruits and leaves
Almendro Geoffroya striata Flowers and fruits

* Cultivated species

Foraging Behavior

Recommended Citation

Angulo Pratolongo, F. (2011). White-winged Guan (Penelope albipennis), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/nb.whwgua1.01