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Blue-throated Piping-Guan Pipile cumanensis


The Blue-throated Piping-Guan is the most widespread species of piping-guan and is distributed from the Guianas across northern and western Amazonia, south into Paraguay. It inhabitats a wide variety of forested habitats such as terra firme, varzea, semi-decidous forest, cerrado woodland and gallery forest. Like many cracids, it is almost completely arboreal, and forages solitarily or in small groups in the canopy in search of fruiting trees. Piping-guans also are regularly observed visiting clay and salt licks, perhaps to supplement their diet. The Blue-throated Piping-Guan easily is separated from other species of piping-guan by its blue throat, and strikingly white facial skin and white crest. Its call is also distinctive, and is a very typical sound of the Amazonian predawn chorus.

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Recommended Citation

Blue-throated Piping-Guan (Pipile cumanensis), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: