Family Guans, Chachalacas, Curassows (Cracidae)

Near Threatened

Wattled Guan (Aburria aburri)


French: Pénélope aburri German: Lappenguan Spanish: Pava aburria

Penelope aburri


, 1828,

“temperate and cold lands in the mountains of New Granada” = environs of Bogotá, and the Quindío mountains between Ibagué and Cartago, Colombia


The only member of its genus, this species differs from Pipile species in general appearance and voice, as well as in its mountain habitat. Monotypic.


W Venezuela (E to SE Lara) and N Colombia S to SC Peru (as far as Cuzco).

Descriptive notes

72·5–81·5 cm; 1195–1550 g. Long, slender, bright yellow and red wattle hangs from throat, a feature unique to this species (see below). Plumage... read more


Mainly vocal at dawn and dusk, although may also periodically vocalize at night. The song (given by... read more


Wet mountain forest, borders of forest and tall second growth adjacent to primary forest. Mainly in... read more

Food and feeding

Fruit and leaves, with percentages estimated as 87·5% and 12·5%, respectively, but until recently almost nothing known... read more


Sept–Mar in Peru and perhaps Feb–Mar in E Ecuador; season considered to coincide with that of Penelope barbata in S... read more


Presumably sedentary. Records of species in temperate zone have been attributed to possibly... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near Threatened. Population perhaps numbers as few as 6700 mature individuals. Threatened by loss of habitat over much of... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). Wattled Guan (Aburria aburri). 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 20 February 2020).