Seeing guans, chachalacas, and curassows of Guatemala with CAYAYA BIRDING: Family Cracidae

Six species of Cracidae have been recorded in Guatemala, of which all are covered in this photo collecion.

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Highland Guan (Penelopina nigra)

Highland Guan Highland Guan Highland Guan in flight, CAYAYA BIRDING tour

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Crested Guan (Penelope purpurascens)

Crested Guan Crested Guan in flight

Horned Guan (Oreophasis derbianus)

Horned Guan Horned Guan Horned Guan Horned Guan in flight, CAYAYA BIRDING tour 2017 Horned Guan, CAYAYA BIRDING tour 2017

More information and photos (including adults, immatures, and chicks) of Horned Guan

Plain Chachalaca (Ortalis vetula)

Plain Chachalaca Plain Chachalaca Plain Chachalaca Plain Chachalaca in flight Plain Chachalaca feeding Plain Chachalaca walking Plain Chachalaca perched Plain Chachalaca perched Plain Chachalaca with chicks Plain Chachalaca roosting

White-bellied Chachalaca (Ortalis leucogastra)

White-bellied Chachalaca White-bellied Chachalaca

Great Curassow (Crax rubra)

young male Great Curassow male Great Curassow dark morph female Great Curassow Great Curassow Great Curassow dark morph female Great Curassow portrait Great Curassow

More photos of Great Curassow at CAYAYA BIRDING website:
Adult male.


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Highland Guan

Read about our research on Highland Guan.


Contributions by Knut Eisermann and Claudia Avendaño of CAYAYA BIRDING to the knowledge about guans and chachalacas in Guatemala

  • 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. (2012) Highland Guan (Penelopina nigra), Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY.
  • 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. & C. Avendaño (2007) Lista comentada de las aves de Guatemala - Annotated checklist of the birds of Guatemala. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona, Spain.
  • 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 (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.
  • Eisermann, K., N. Herrera & O. Komar (2006) Highland Guan (Penelopina nigra). Pp. 85-90 In: D. M. Brooks (ed.) Conserving Cracids: the most threatened family of birds in the Americas. Miscellaneous Publications of the Houston Museum of Natural Science 6.
  • Eisermann, K. (2005) Noteworthy bird observations in Alta Verapaz, Guatemala. Bulletin of the British Ornithologists' Club 125: 3-11.
  • Eisermann, K. & U. Schulz (2005) Birds of a high-altitude cloud forest in Alta Verapaz, Guatemala. Revista de Biología Tropical 53: 577-594.
  • More about our bird research in Guatemala.

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