Family Guans, Chachalacas, Curassows (Cracidae)

Vulnerable

Bearded Guan (Penelope barbata)


Taxonomy

French: Pénélope barbue German: Bartguan Spanish: Pava barbuda
Taxonomy:

Penelope barbata

Chapman

, 1921,

Taraguacocha, Cordillera de Chilla, Ecuador

.

Closely related to P. argyrotis, with which has been considered conspecific. Has been suggested as being a race of P. montagnii. Peruvian population has been treated as a geographical race, inexpectata, but validity doubtful, as distinguishing characters of plumage, especially vermiculated belly, reported also in some specimens from Ecuador, and may be an immature feature. Monotypic.

Distribution:

W slope in S Ecuador (E El Oro, Loja and W Zamora-Chinchipe, perhaps Azuay#R) and adjacent NW Peru (E Piura, Cajamarca and E Lambayeque).

Descriptive notes

c. 55 cm. Ill-defined rufous terminal band in tail; present species and P. argyrotis are only members of Penelope with tail feathers not uniformly coloured... read more

Voice

Display, mainly given at dawn, is a wing-whirr typical of all Penelope. Several... read more

Habitat

Montane cloudforests, both humid and dry, in temperate and upper subtropical zone of W slope of... read more

Food and feeding

Few data available until recently, but now known to feed mainly on fruits and to lesser extent leaves and flowers. Recent study in S... read more

Breeding

In Podocarpus National Park (S Ecuador) eggs mainly laid in Feb–Jul. Several records, old and recent, of chicks between Dec and Mar,... read more

Movements

Presumably sedentary. Population in Podocarpus National Park evidently present year-round.

Status and conservation

VULNERABLE. Populations (estimated at 6000–15,000 individuals) only partly protected. Common at end of 19th century in N Peru and probably also in Ecuador until... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J. & Kirwan, G.M. (2018). Bearded Guan (Penelope barbata). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from https://www.hbw.com/node/53281 on 23 January 2018).