Crested Guan

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Crested Guan


The Crested Guan (Penelope purpurascens) is a large bird with distinctive features, including a prominent crest on its head. Native to Belize, these guans are known for their arboreal lifestyle.

Interesting Facts

  • Scientific Name: Penelope purpurascens
  • Habitat: Inhabits the forests and wooded areas of Belize, preferring elevated regions.
  • Diet: Omnivores, consuming fruits, insects, and small vertebrates; play a role in seed dispersal.
  • Behavior: Arboreal in nature, utilizing trees for roosting and feeding; known for their unique vocalizations in Belize.

The Belize Zoo Trivia

  • Penny serves as an ambassador for her species at The Belize Zoo. Crested guan, and other game bird species, are protected by law and it is illegal to hunt them from February to July.

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