Horned Guan (Oreophasis derbianus) is restricted to the highlands of Guatemala and Chiapas, Mexico. These turkey-sized guans live in cloud forests at 2,000-3,000 m (6,500-10,000 ft) above sea level. Populations of the different mountain ranges and volcanoes are isolated from each other. The species is globally Endangered because of severely fragmented habitat and hunting pressure.
Guatemala offers some of the best places to see Horned Guan in its natural habitat. Visiting birders put a value to the cloud forest and support with their fees private and communal land owners to protect the guan's habitat. CAYAYA BIRDING organizes excursions to the habitat of Horned Guan at several reliable sites in the western highlands of Guatemala, with various grades of hiking difficulty. Depending on the site, 90-100% of our visits have been successful.
Canopy walk: a Horned Guan Oreophasis derbianus stalking over the canopy of a Chiranthodendron pentadactylon (Sterculiaceae) tree, seen in the highlands of Guatemala during a CAYAYA BIRDING tour
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A Horned Guan (Oreophasis derbianus) waving at us, seen in the highlands of Guatemala.
A Horned Guan (Oreophasis derbianus) walking on a branch, seen in the highlands of Guatemala.