Sickle-winged Guan Chamaepetes goudotii


The Sickle-winged Guan is perhaps more or less continuously distributed from western Colombia to northwest Bolivia, and is a very distinctively plumaged and comparatively small guan. Its plumage presents an unmistakable combination of bright chestnut belly, dark upperparts, brown neck and head, and pale blue facial skin, with red eyes. This guan is generally rather secretive and thus easily overlooked, especially as it is generally quiet; the species prefers humid and wet forests in subtropical and lower temperate zones of the Andes, on both slopes, and is mainly sedentary, although seasonal movements have been recorded. The Sickle-winged Guan feeds mainly on fruits, with some seeds and leaves also taken, with most foraging apparently undertaken arboreally, and usually in small groups.

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Recommended Citation

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