Highland Guan (Penelopina nigra) is endemic to the highlands of southern Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador and western Nicaragua. This cracid favors cloud forests between 800 and 3,000 m (2,600-9,850 ft) altitude, but occurs locally also in pine-oak forest. The males' far-carrying whistles and loud wing rattles during display flights belong to the characteristic noises of the cloud forests of the region. Highland Guan is listed in the IUCN/BirdLife International Red List of globally threatened bird species as Vulnerable, mainly because of increasing habitat loss.
The highland of Guatemala is the core area of distribution, where Highland Guan is still locally common. It can, however, be difficult to see because most time of the year it is shy and retiring. Most of the CAYAYA BIRDING tours include several sites with Highland Guan populations, with good chances of seeing it.
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