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About the Horned Guan

The Horned Guan is a large turkey-like bird with black-and-white plumage, red legs, yellow bill and a red horn on the top of its head. It lives in humid mountain forests of southeast Mexico and Guatamala and can be found at altitudes of up to 11,000 feet.

The Horned Guan has been evaluated as en endangered species on the IUCN Red List of threatened species due to its small population size and habitat loss.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 23 July 2009
Scientific Name Oreophasis derbianus
  • Galliformes
  • Cracidae
  • Oreophasis
  • O. derbianus
Birdorable Family Grouse
Conservation Status Endangered
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
(as of 15 July 2017)
Units: Imperial Metric
34 inches
Range Central America


From IUCN Red List:
The Horned Guan is listed as Endangered on the IUCN Red List and was last assessed in 2013 by BirdLife International. This species is Endangered because remaining populations are very small, severely fragmented and, given continuing threats, presumably declining (Collar et al. 1992). Further surveys may find this species to be more widespread than recent records suggest, but effective protection of known sites is required if its conservation status is genuinely to improve.

International Names

  • Guan Horský (Czech)
  • Hornhokko (Danish)
  • Hoorngoean (Dutch)
  • Sarvisaku (Finnish)
  • Oréophase Cornu (French)
  • Zapfenguan (German)
  • Penelope dal Cono (Italian)
  • ツノシャクケイ (Tsunoshakukei) (Japanese)
  • Hornhokko (Norwegian)
  • Jednoróg (Polish)
  • Рогатый гуан (Russian)
  • Pavón Cornudo (Spanish)

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