Birds of Colombia

    GALLIFORMES: Cracidae (Chachalacas, Curassows and Guans)  
Genus: Penelope (6 species, 15 worldwide)

Genus Penelope, Guans, are gamebirds in the Cracidae family are are larger than Chachalacas (in the range of 60 to 75 cm.). Guans are usually solitary or seen in family groups, unlike Chachalacas that form larger groups. And like most fowl consume both fruit and insects.


Band-tailed Guan
Band-tailed Guan (Penelope argyrotis)
Venezuela  
   

Spix's Guan
Spix's Guan (Penelope jacquacu jacquacu)
Zoo, Peru  
   

Andean Guan
Andean Guan (Penelope montagnii montagnii)
ACAIME Reserve, Salento, Colombia
  Note red eye and compact shape. A medium sized guan.
   

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Baudo Guan (Penelope ortoni) Endangered
   


A small guan named after the Baudo mountain range along the Colombian Pacific coast.

Cauca Guan
Cauca Guan (Penelope perspicax) Endangered ENDEMIC
OtĂșn Quimbaya Wildlife Sanctuary, Pereira, Risaralda, Colombia
  A large guan similar to Crested Guan, but back and tail more rufous. Found only in the remaining forest fragments in the Cauca valley.
   

Cauca Guan
Cauca Guan (Penelope perspicax) Endangered ENDEMIC
OtĂșn Quimbaya Wildlife Sanctuary, Pereira, Risaralda, Colombia
  A large guan.
   

A large guan.

Crested Guan
Crested Guan (Penelope purpurascens)
Sarapiqui, Costa Rica
  A very large guan.
   
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