Blue-throated piping guan

Pipile cumanensis

The blue-throated piping guan is a South American bird of the family Cracidae that is somewhat similar in appearance to the turkey.
Blue-throated Piping Guan in Pantanal I know that this looks more like a red-throated (those also exist) but if you look carefully you can see a small blue patch above the red dewlap on the throat (any in any case, our professional wildlife guide identified it for us). Guans are often really hard to see and so I was quite pleased to see this one just posing for us. Blue-throated piping guan,Brazil,Geotagged,Pantanal,Pipile cumanensis,Winter


The blue-throated piping guan is described as "oddly 'prehistoric' " but "handsome". It averages 69 cm long, including its neck and tail, both long, the neck and head disproportionately thin and small, the tail disproportionately big. Most of the plumage is black with a greenish gloss—blue-green in ''cumanensis'', olive in ''grayi''. It has a large white patch on each wing, white flecks on the wing coverts and chest, a white patch over the eye, and a white or buffy-white nape . Both subspecies have a short white or buffy-white crest; in ''cumanensis'' it is shaggy and nearly solid-colored; in ''grayi'' it is hairier, and the feather shafts are black, appearing as streaks. The bill is baby-blue at the base and cobalt-blue at the tip. Both subspecies have blue bare flesh on the throat with a wattle in ''cumanensis'' and a hanging caruncle in ''grayi.'' The legs are red.

During the breeding season it is noisy. At dawn it gives a "piping" call of 6 or so slow high-pitched, clear whistles, "slightly ascending in pitch, ''püüeee, püüeee, püüeee,…''", reminiscent of the scale-backed antbird. Its flight display, at dawn or in the daytime, includes "2 quick wing-claps , then 2 whirring rattles with wings," the second seeming to reverse the first as in shuffling cards . At other seasons it is usually silent.
Blue-throated Piping-guan (Aburria cumanensis) Taken in August 2015, at Parque das Aves (Bird Park), in Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil. Known as Cujubi, in Portuguese. Blue-throated piping guan,Brazil,Cracidae,Galliformes,Geotagged,Pipile,Pipile cumanensis,South America,Winter,bird,guan


This species occurs in pairs during the breeding season and bigger groups, as many as 12, at other times. It walks nimbly or hops with help from its wings in the canopy or sub-canopy of the forest, especially in trees with flowers or fruit that it eats. To cross clearings it sets off with fast wingbeats and then glides, giving another flurry of wingbeats if needed to maintain its height. Where not hunted it is fairly common and easy to see.

Little is known about its reproduction. In Colombia it has been observed in breeding condition in February and laying eggs in May. One nest was built of twigs in thick vegetation in the canopy and contained three yellowish-white eggs.


There are two subspecies—''P. c. cumanensis'' and ''P. c. grayi''. ''P. c. cumanensis'' is found from the Guyanas, the Orinoco river in Venezuela, and southeastern Colombia south to northwestern Brazil and southeastern Peru. There and possibly in northern Bolivia it intergrades with the bigger ''P. c. grayi'' , which continues through northern and central Bolivia, Mato Grosso , and northern and eastern Paraguay. This species occurs locally in forests: in Colombia and Venezuela, humid lowland forests whether seasonally flooded or not, and riparian forests. It especially favors the edges where the forest meets open land or a river.


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Status: Least concern
SpeciesP. cumanensis
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