White-winged Guan

About the White-winged Guan

The White-winged Guan is a large critically endangered species of bird found in northwestern parts of Peru where it lives in ravine habitats. They feed on plant material like fruits, flowers, leaves, and seeds.

White-winged Guans have a mostly black plumage, with a green iridescence. The wing primary feathers are white, giving the species its common name. The bare skin on the face is purple and it has a reddish wattle.

It was thought to be extinct before being rediscovered in 1977. There were no known records of the bird being alive for about a hundred years prior to rediscovery. As of 2017 the species is considered to be critically endangered with threats including habitat destruction and hunting.
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Details & Statistics

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Hatched on 03 December 2017
Scientific Name
Penelope albipennis
  • Galliformes
  • Cracidae
  • Penelope
  • P. albipennis
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Conservation Status
Critically Endangered (as of 6 April 2020)
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
Units: Imperial / Metric
27 to 33 inches
56 ounces


From IUCN Red List:
The White-winged Guan is listed as Critically Endangered on the IUCN Red List and was last assessed in 2015 by BirdLife International. This species qualifies as Critically Endangered because it has an extremely small population with a severely fragmented distribution. Awareness campaigns directed at local people, further surveys and concerted conservation action (the beginnings of which are apparent) appear to be improving its status such that the population may have ceased to decline. If this is confirmed, the species may warrant downlisting in the future.

International Names

Chinese (汉语) 白翅冠雉
Czech (Cesky) guan bělokřídlý
Danish (Dansk) Hvidvinget Penelopehøne
Dutch (Nederlands) Witvleugelsjakohoen
Finnish (Suomi) perunsaku
French (Français) Pénélope à ailes blanches
German (Deutsch) Weißschwingenguan
Italian (Italiano) Guan alibianche
Japanese (日本語) ハジロシャクケイ [hajiroshakukei]
Norwegian (Norsk) Hvitvingehokko
Polish (Polski) penelopa bialoskrzydla
Portuguese (Português) Jacu-de-asas-brancas
Russian (русский язык) Белокрылая пенелопа
Spanish (Español) Pava Aliblanca
Swedish (Svenska) vitvingad guan
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