Photo by Reini
Photographed: Costa Rica
, February 2005
This species often gives a very dark impression
- Penelope purpurascens
- Dark brown
- Bushy crest is only raised part of the time
- Bare blue grey skin around eye
- Red wattle
- White spotted neck and breast
Photo by rdavis
Photographed: Tikal National Park, Guatemala
, June 2010
In pefect light, the white speckling become more noticeable
- Rufous rump and belly
- Long red legs
- Broad, long tail
- Sexes similar
- Juvenile - black vermiculations and ochre specks on body
 Similar species
In most areas the largest Guan present, but may be mistaken for Highland Guan or Baudo Guan.
South America: found from Mexico (southern 2/3) through Central America and South America to western Ecuador and northern Venezuela.
Three subspecies are recognized:
- Southern Honduras and Nicaragua to north-western Colombia and south-eastern Ecuador
Lowlands up to 1000 m, rarely to 1800 or even 2500 m; everywhere found in forested areas including edges.
Usually foraging in canopy or subcanopy, occurring singly, in pairs, or in small groups.
They mostly eat fruits, either on the tree or those that have fallen to the ground.
It builds a large nest from twigs and it is lined with leaves. The 2-3 large, rough, white eggs are incubated by the female.
Call: plee or quonk.
- Clements, JF. 2010. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to December 2010. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019. Spreadsheet available at http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/Clements%206.5.xls/view
- BF Member observations
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