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Black Guan Chamaepetes unicolor



  • Year-round
  • Migration
  • Breeding
  • Non-Breeding
Distribution of the Black Guan
eBird range map for Black Guan

Generated from eBird observations (Year-Round, 1900-present)

Distribution in the Americas

The Black Guan is endemic to the mountains of Costa Rica and Western Panama.

Distribution outside the Americas

Endemic to Costa Rica and Panama.


Black guans are found in premontane and montane forests. Its altitudinal range is from 800 meters to 2,250 meters (BirdLife International, Chaves-Campos 2003), though it seems to occur at the lower limit of its range only during the non-breeding season (Chaves-Campos 2003).

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Recommended Citation

Black Guan (Chamaepetes unicolor), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: