Crested Guan (Penelope purpurascens)

The Crested Guan is, together with the Great Currasow, one of the largest arboreal birds, measuring almost one meter from head to tail. It likes to search for fruit on trees and perches on branches to eat them. It also rests on the trees, where normally it is darker and their black plumage can hide their presence. It can be observed dwelling in the ground, particularly on trails and grass plains, but it is not that common. Juveniles look just like the adult, but smaller in size and have similar habits.

Crested Guan - Penelope purpurascens - Pava Crestada (2)

This bird is turkey-sized, yet it spends most of the time on the trees. The red bare skin on the throat is pretty distinctive from any other similar species.

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