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Penelope albipennis

White-winged Guan

  • Order: Galliformes
  • Family: Cracidae
  • Monotypic

Authors: Angulo P., F

Penelope albipennis

Quebrada Frejolillo, Limon, Piura, Peru; 27 October 2007 © Roger Ahlman

Feared extinct for nearly a century until its dramatic rediscovery in 1977, the White-winged Guan has been the subject of an intensive captive-breeding and conservation campaign. This species is endemic to the foothills of the Tumbesian region in northwestern Peru, where it occurs in dry deciduous forest on slopes and in ravines. This is a distinctive member of the genus Penelope that has relatively dark plumage that contrasts with the namesake white primary patches. It feeds primarily on fruits but takes a variety of foods on occasion. Hunting and habitat destruction continue to threaten this species, but conservation efforts have made some headway in stabilizing its population.

Recommended Citation

Angulo P., F. 2011. White-winged Guan (Penelope albipennis), Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Ithaca: Cornell Lab of Ornithology; retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online:

This map is based on the maps available from the NatureServe InfoNatura website. The data for these maps are provided by NatureServe in collaboration with Robert Ridgely, James Zook, The Nature Conservancy - Migratory Bird Program, Conservation International - CABS, World Wildlife Fund - US, and Environment Canada - WILDSPACE.

  • Migration/Movement:Resident (nonmigratory)
  • Primary Habitat:Tropical deciduous forest
  • Foraging Strata:Canopy
  • Foraging Behavior:Glean
  • Diet:Fruit
  • Sociality:Solitary/Pairs
  • Mating System:Unknown
  • Nest Form:Platform
  • Clutch: 1 - 3
  • IUCN Status:Critically Endangered