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Trinidad Piping Guan

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Photo by Dave B SmithGrande Riviere Trinidad, March 2009
Photo by Dave B Smith
Grande Riviere Trinidad, March 2009
Pipile pipile

Alternative name: Pawi


[edit] Identification

65–69 cm (25½-27 in)

  • Blackish-brown overall plumage, with faint purplish gloss
  • White-tipped wing-coverts
  • Dark crest with white streaking
  • Pale blue cere and basal part of bill
  • Darker blue dewlap,
  • Red legs

[edit] Distribution

Photo by bugmatGrand Riviere, Trinidad, March 2018
Photo by bugmat
Grand Riviere, Trinidad, March 2018

Trinidad where found only in north-eastern forests. Population is thought to be between 70 and 200 birds.

Close to extinction.

[edit] Taxonomy

This is a monotypic species[1].

[edit] Habitat

Canopy of remote montane tall primary forests.

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Diet

Their main diet consists of a variety of fruits and seeds from numerous tree species.

[edit] Breeding

The nest is built in a tree. The clutch consists of 3 large white eggs which are incubated by the female.

[edit] Action

Their wings make a characteristic metallic rattling sound in flight.

[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from
  2. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved Mar 2018)
  3. BF member observations

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