Crested Guan

The Crested Guan is an arboreal forest species. The substantial twig nest is built in a tree or stump and lined with leaves. The female lays two or three large rough-shelled white eggs and incubates them alone.

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The Crested Guan is classified as Least Concern. Does not qualify for a more at risk category. Widespread and abundant taxa are included in this category.

The Crested Guan, Penelope purpurascens, is a member of an ancient group of birds of the Cracidae family, which are related to the Australasian mound builders. It breeds in lowlands from south Mexico and the Yucatán Peninsula to western Ecuador and southern Venezuela at up to 1850 m altitude. The Crested Guan is an arboreal forest species. The substantial twig nest is built in a tree or stump and lined with leaves. More

Pairs of crested guans have territories in which they may remain with their young until the next breeding season. Crested guans are particularly noisy when disturbed. They perch high in trees and continually protest with a very loud prolonged shrieking which sounds peculiarly high for such relatively large birds. The crested guan may climb to the top of a high tree at the edge of a clearing and fly with slow measured beats over the open space. More

Crested GuanThis is a large bird, typically 86 cm long and weighing 1700 g. It is similar in general appearance to a turkey, with a small head, long strong red legs, and a long broad tail. It is mainly dark brown, with white spotting on the neck and breast. The rump and belly are rufous. The head sports a bushy crest, from which the species gets its name, blue-grey bare skin around the eye, and a bare red dewlap or wattle. More

Size of Crested GuanPrimarily tree-living birds, crested guans forage in small groups up in the treetops, walking slowly along the branches and leaping across gaps. They will, however, come down to the ground to collect fallen fruit and seeds and to find drinking water. Male and female birds look alike. In the breeding season, guans perform a wing-drumming display. While in flight, the bird begins to beat its wings at twice the normal speed, producing a whirring sound that is maintained for several seconds. More

Aspects of the topic crested guan are discussed in the following places at Britannica. Assorted References * description (in curassow (bird)) ...12 species, lighter in weight and somewhat smaller than related curassows. Strongly gregarious, they have noisy cries heard mainly at night. Sexes look alike. More

the Crested Guan (Penelope purpurascens), noted for the little crest on its head, along with its red throat and the purple around its eyes. There is the Black Guan (Chamaepetes unicolor), in your basic black, which is also the color of the Crested Guan's body. And then there are, among others, the Red-faced Guan, Rusty-margined Guan, Band-tailed Guan, Bearded Guan, Blue-throated Piping-Guan, White-winged Guan, Dusky-legged Guan, Wattled Guan, Sickle-winged Guan, Horned Guan, Andean Guan, Highland Guan-you get the picture. More

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Crested Guan, like most large cracids, has been severely reduced in numbers by the dual impacts of deforestation and hunting by humans. This species is on the list of species found at the Canopy Tower, but I have found no record of it being located in central Panama in this century. It is perhaps most "likely" to be found deep on Pipeline Road, the relative inaccessibility of which offers some measure of protection from poaching. More

The Crested Guan (Penelope purpurascens) occurs on both slopes of Mexico from southern Tamaulipas and Sinaloa south through Central America to northern South America. The species is hard to find in areas where it is hunted, but can be commonly seen in areas where protected. The bird shown here was photographed in December, 1999, at Chan Chich Lodge near Gallon Jug, Belize. The shots were taken with a Canon EOS 3 and EF 300mm F2.8 L lens and 2X extender and flash on Fuji Velvia film. More

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Order : Galliformes
Family : Cracidae
Genus : Penelope
Species : purpurascens
Authority : Wagler, 1830