Family Guans, Chachalacas, Curassows (Cracidae)

Least Concern

Sickle-winged Guan (Chamaepetes goudotii)


French: Pénélope de Goudot German: Sichelguan Spanish: Pava falcialar

Ortalida Goudotii


, 1828,

Quindiú = Quindio region, Central Andes, Colombia


Closely related to C. unicolor. Five subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • C. g. sanctaemarthae Chapman, 1912 – Santa Marta Mts, in N Colombia.
  • C. g. goudotii (Lesson, 1828) – Andes of W & C Colombia from Antioquia and Santander#R S to Nariño.
  • C. g. fagani C. Chubb, 1917 – W slope of W Andes in SW Colombia (Nariño) and Ecuador (S to El Oro).
  • C. g. tschudii Taczanowski, 1886 – E slope of E Andes in S Colombia, Ecuador and N Peru (S to San Martín).
  • C. g. rufiventris (Tschudi, 1843) – E slope of Andes in C Peru (from Huánuco S to Junín), possibly also this subspecies to S Peru and in N & C Bolivia (where found in La Paz and recently in Cochabamba#R).
  • Descriptive notes

    50–65 cm (races tschudii and rufiventris largest); 550–800 g. Unmistakable combination of bright chestnut belly, pale blue facial skin and red... read more


    Most vocal at dawn and dusk, when also gives wing-whirring display that lasts c. 2 seconds and is... read more


    Humid and wet forests and forest borders of subtropical and, to lesser extent, lower temperate... read more

    Food and feeding

    Mainly fruits, in 1–10 mm range, but up to 20 mm; also seeds, flowers (e.g. Wettinia kalbreyeri, Chrysochlamis... read more


    Display in Mar–May (sanctaemarthae); eggs in May and Jun, chicks in Mar and May, and juveniles in Jan–Jun (... read more


    Mainly sedentary. Performs some seasonal altitudinal movements, at least in parts of range, e.g.... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Currently suspected to be locally fairly common, and in Colombia is one of the few guans that can still be seen near or alongside... read more

    Recommended citation

    del Hoyo, J. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). Sickle-winged Guan (Chamaepetes goudotii). 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 on 19 February 2020).