CAUCA GUAN } Penelope perspicax
DESCRIPTION: The Cauca guan is a large bird measuring 30 inches in length. It is primarily a brown-gray color, with a chestnut-colored rear part and tail and a bright-red dewlap. Like other guans, its call is a loud, boisterous honking, especially during mating season and when it is alarmed in groups.
HABITAT: This species’ habitat consists of mature tropical humid forests and fragmented secondary forests, forest edges, and plantations of exotic broadleaf trees.
RANGE: The Cauca guan is endemic to the central and western slopes of the Andes of Colombia. Although historically the bird’s range consisted of large areas for foraging, it is currently confined to a few small forest fragments, which span the departments of Cauca, Valle de Cauca, Quindio, and Risaralda. The current range of the species totals fewer than 290 square miles, of which only 216 square miles are considered suitable habitat.
BREEDING: The bird has two breeding seasons that coincide with the rainy and dry seasons, one at the beginning of the year and the other in August. It has a clutch size of two eggs.
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