Blue-throated piping guan
At the Zoo
South American Tropical Rainforest and Aviary
- The blue-throated piping guan is widespread throughout the northern and western regions of the Amazon rainforest.
- They spend nearly all of their time in trees, rarely descending to the ground and regularly visit clay and salt licks to supplement their diets.
- They will sometimes ascend over 5,000 feet into the mountains in search of food.
Blue-throated piping guans are medium sized birds, about 24-28 inches tall. Primarily black and white in color, they have bare facial skin that can be blue. Their white or pale blue beaks have black tips and their legs are a reddish color.
Piping guans live in tropical rainforests, semi-deciduous forests and dry savanna woodlands. They prefer to live in areas close to rivers.
When looking for food, they search for palm fruit, flowers, figs and snails.
Blue-throated piping guans will often forage for food in flocks of up to 15 birds. Breeding begins in the rainy season and three eggs are laid in a twig nest which is built in the dense canopy of the rainforest.
Status In The Wild
Least Concern – IUCN 2014
The blue-throated guan is hunted for food and is losing habitat as forests are converted for agricultural use.