Seeing HORNED GUAN Oreophasis derbianus in Guatemala with CAYAYA BIRDING

Horned Guan in Guatemala
Horned Guan in Guatemala. Photograph © Knut Eisermann.

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.

Horned Guan habitat in Guatemala
Habitat of Horned Guan in Guatemala.

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. About 9 out of 10 visits are successful.

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Photographs of Horned Guans seen during CAYAYA BIRDING tours in Guatemala

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Videos of Horned Guans seen during CAYAYA BIRDING tours in Guatemala

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.


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Horned Guan portrait
Adult Horned Guan.

Contributions by Knut Eisermann and Claudia Avendaño of CAYAYA BIRDING to the knowledge about Horned Guan

  • Eisermann, K. & C. Avendaño (2018) An update on the inventory, distribution and residency status of bird species in Guatemala. Bulletin British Ornithologists' Club 138: 148-229.
  • Eisermann, K. & C. Avendaño (2009) Guatemala. Pp. 235-242 In: C. Devenish, D. F. Diaz Fernández, R. P. Clay, I. Davidson & I. Y. Zabala (eds.) Important Bird Areas Americas, priority sites for biodiversity conservation. BirdLife Conservation Series 16. Birdlife International, Quito, Ecuador.
  • Eisermann, K., A. Burge & G. López (2007) Nesting records of Horned Guan (Oreophasis derbianus) on Atitlán volcano, Guatemala. Bulletin of the IUCN / BIRDLIFE / WPA Cracid Specialist Group 23: 13-24.
  • Eisermann, K. & C. Avendaño (2007) Lista comentada de las aves de Guatemala - Annotated checklist of the birds of Guatemala. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona, Spain.
  • Eisermann, K. & C. Avendaño (2006) Diversidad de aves en Guatemala, con una lista bibliográfica. Pp. 525-623 In: E. Cano (ed.) Biodiversidad de Guatemala, Vol. 1. Universidad del Valle de Guatemala, Guatemala.
  • More about our bird research in Guatemala.

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