Spix's guan

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Spix's guan
Penelope jacquacu -Manu National Park, Peru-8.jpg
In Manú National Park, Peru
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Galliformes
Family: Cracidae
Genus: Penelope
Species: P. jacquacu
Binomial name
Penelope jacquacu
Spix, 1825
  • P. j. granti (Berlepsch, 1908)
    Green-backed Guan
  • P. j. orienticola (Todd, 1932)
  • P. j. jacquacu (Spix, 1825)
    Spix's Guan
  • P. j. speciosa (Todd, 1915)

Spix's guan (Penelope jacquacu) is a species of bird in the family Cracidae. It is found in Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Peru, and Venezuela. Its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical moist lowland forest. Its estimated global range is approximately 5,000,000 km² and is common in at least parts of this range. It is therefore considered a least concern species by the IUCN.[2]

The common name commemorates the German naturalist Johann Baptist von Spix (1782-1826).[3]


  1. ^ BirdLife International (2012). "Penelope jacquacu". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013. 
  2. ^ BirdLife International (2004). "Penelope jacquacu". 2006 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Retrieved 2007-07-19. [dead link]
  3. ^ Beolens, Bo; Watkins, Michael (2003). Whose Bird? Men and Women Commemorated in the Common Names of Birds. London: Christopher Helm. p. 319.