Wattled Guan (Aburria aburri)

The Wattled Guan bird is a fascinating bird species that belongs to the family Cracidae. From its name, one can tell that this bird has a unique feature, the a-typical wattles that hang from its neck. The Wattled Guan is a large bird that grows up to 76 cm (30 in) in length and weighs about 1.7 kg (3.7 lb).

One of the main physical features of the Wattled Guan bird that sets it apart from other birds is its unmistakable wattles, which hang from its neck. The wattles are purplish-blue in color and can be up to 7 cm (2.8 in) long. They play an important part in communication and social behavior. These wattles show brightly when the bird is excited or agitated.

The bird species is widely distributed throughout South America, from northwest Ecuador to Bolivia and southeastern Brazil. It is a shy and reclusive bird that is generally found in forested regions and has adapted to living in montane forests. The Wattled Guan is considered a forest specialist, with high levels of dependence on primary forests. It roosts and nests in large trees and feeds primarily on fruits, flowers, and leaves.

Unfortunately, the Wattled Guan is considered to be a threatened bird species due to habitat loss, hunting, and fragmentation. Habitat loss is the primary threat to this bird species. Deforestation and land-clearing for agricultural expansion in the Andean regions, Venezuela, and other parts of South America, pose a significant threat to its survival. Additionally, the hunting of the bird for meat is a growing concern.

Efforts are being made to protect the Wattled Guan bird. Conservation programs have been established to protect and conserve its habitat. The establishment of protected areas and parks has also played a significant role in preserving this species. The creation of ecological corridors and the connection of forests can help the bird species move between habitats and increase overall genetic diversity.

In conclusion, the Wattled Guan bird is a unique and fascinating species with an unmistakable, physical feature- its wattles. Although the bird species faces countless risks that threaten its survival, conservation efforts are underway to protect and preserve the bird species for future generations.

Other names

Aburria aburri



Wattled Guan

guan camagroc



plavokljuni guan

guan aburri




Pénélope aburri


Guan dal bargiglio




grdacz soplowaty


Серёжчатая абурри

Resasti guan

morkovec lalôčkový

Pava aburria


Küpeli Guan



lebenyes guán