Spixs Guan (Penelope jacquacu)

Spixs Guan

[order] Galliformes | [family] Cracidae | [latin] Penelope jacquacu | [UK] Spixs Guan | [FR] Penelope de Spix | [DE] Spixguan | [ES] Pava Amazonica | [IT] Penelope di Spix | [NL] Spix-sjakohoen


Genus Species subspecies Breeding Range Breeding Range 2 Non Breeding Range
Penelope jacquacu SA Amazonia
Penelope jacquacu granti e Venezuela, Guyana
Penelope jacquacu jacquacu e Colombia to n Bolivia
Penelope jacquacu orienticola se Venezuela, nw Brazil
Penelope jacquacu speciosa c and e Bolivia

Physical charateristics

Olive green upperparts and bright rufescent underparts. Large bill and feet. Has a conspicuous red throat-pouch. Sexes are similar. Skin around eys is blue. Has a long neck with a relatively small head.

Listen to the sound of Spixs Guan

[audio:http://www.aviflevoland.nl/sounddb/S/Spixs Guan.mp3]

Copyright remark: Most sounds derived from xeno-canto

wingspan min.: cm wingspan max.: cm
size min.: 66 cm size max.: 76 cm
incubation min.: 0 days incubation max.: 0 days
fledging min.: 0 days fledging max.: 0 days
broods: 1   eggs min.: 2  
      eggs max.: 3  


Ranges from the Guianas, Venezuela, Western Amazonia, Colombia, Ecuador, peru and Bolivia.


Rain forest with clearings and scattered trees, also in forest borders.


Nest is made out of leaves and situated in a tree. Two legs are laid. No further data.

Feeding habits

Small seeds and fruit which are collected in the trees, hardly ever descends to ground level. Forages single or in small groups in the mid and top level strata of the trees.


This species has a large range, with an estimated global extent of occurrence of 5,000,000 km

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