Trinidad Piping Guan

Pipile pipile

The Trinidad Piping Guan is a bird in the chachalaca, guan and curassow family Cracidae.

This species is found only in Trinidad; it is close to extinction. This is a medium-sized cracid, 60 cm in length, and similar in general appearance to turkeys, with thin necks and small heads. They are forest birds, and the nest is built in a tree. Three large white eggs are laid, the female alone incubating. This arboreal species feeds on fruit and berries.

''Pipile pipile'' is mainly black with a purple gloss. The large crest is blackish, edged with white, and there are large white wing patches. The bare face and wattle are blue, and the legs are red.

The Trinidad Piping Guan's call is a thin piping. The wings whirr in flight.
Status: Critically endangered
EX EW CR EN VU NT LC
Taxonomy
KingdomAnimalia
DivisionChordata
ClassAves
OrderGalliformes
FamilyCracidae
GenusPipile
SpeciesP. pipile
Photographed in
Netherlands