Trinidad Piping-Guan Pipile pipile


The Trinidad Piping-Guan is a medium-sized, arboreal cracid endemic to the island of Trinidad, where it is critically endangered. Formerly widespread (except perhaps along the more arid west coast) in forest from sea level to the highest peaks, it is now restricted to humid forest in an area of roughly 350 km2 in the eastern half of the Northern Range. Nearly hunted to extinction, its population may be less than 100 and is unlikely to exceed 200 individuals. It occurs in small groups and spends most of its time in the forest canopy, feeding mostly on fruits. The Trinidad Piping-Guan is mostly blackish with a light blue, black-tipped bill, paler blue facial skin, white streaks in a shaggy crest, dark blue gular patch, mostly white upperwing coverts, and bright pinkish-red legs.

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Recommended Citation

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