Black guan

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Black guan
Black guan Bosque de Paz.JPG
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Galliformes
Family: Cracidae
Genus: Chamaepetes
C. unicolor
Binomial name
Chamaepetes unicolor
Salvin, 1867

The black guan (Chamaepetes unicolor) is a species of bird in the family Cracidae. It is found in the Talamancan montane forests of Costa Rica and Panama.


The black guan is 61 cm (24 in) long. Its plumage is all black with contrasting bright blue facial skin around a red eye. The legs and feet are pinkish-red.[2][3]


The black guan is frugivorous, eating fruit and berries while travelling through the tree canopy. It is mostly silent.

Its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical moist montane forest. It is threatened by habitat loss. This species is listed as Near Threatened because it occupies a small range, in which it is threatened by hunting and limited habitat loss and degradation.


  1. ^ BirdLife International (2018). "Chamaepetes unicolor". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2018.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 17 December 2018.
  2. ^ Garrigues, Richard; Dean, Robert (2007). The Birds of Costa Rica. Ithaca: Zona Tropical/Comstock/Cornell University Press. p. 10. ISBN 978-0-8014-7373-9.
  3. ^ Angehr, George R.; Dean, Robert (2010). The Birds of Panama. Ithaca: Zona Tropical/Comstock/Cornell University Press. p. 10. ISBN 978-0-8014-7674-7.

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