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Tambo Blanquillo - Stay in a family owned Manu Lodge and discover The Wonders of the Peruvian Jungle
Av. Nicolás de Piérola 265
Barranco, Lima 04 – Perú
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(+51) 1 249 9342
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FAMILY BIRDS

Cracidae

A turkey-like family with generally dull plumage but a colourful red wattle. What they lack in aesthetics they make up in their particularly distinctive and loud call.

 


Spix’s Guan

Penelope jacquacu

Spix's Guan

Spix’s Guan

Appearance:

  • Longish neck has fine white streaks, down to the breast.
  • The bare throat and the legs are coral red.
  • The tail is long, glossy green like the primary wing feathers.
  • The body is brown to olive, sometimes blackish in males.
  • It is about 66 to 86cm long and weighs 1.14 to 1.78kg.

Behaviour:

  • They feed mostly on plant matter.
  • They usually roam singly or in pairs, but not in groups.
  • They usually keep to the mid-canopy level of the forest and rarely come to the ground.

Voice:

  • A loud raucous crowing just before dawn and at dusk which has been likened to the sound to the distant howling of a dog.

Where & how to spot in Manu:

  • The bird nests in trees about 15ft up, the nest is made of leaves.
  • See them at oxbow lakes and perching on low branches.
  • Active early in the morning.
  • A frequent visitor to clay licks.

 


Razor-billed Curassow

Mitu tuberosum

Razor-billed curassow

Razor-billed curassow

Appearance:

  • It has bluish black plumage, shiny sides. The belly and tail tip are white.
  • Bright red beak is compressed and highly arched.
  • The legs are orange.
  • It is about 83 to 89cm long and weighs about 3.86kg.

Behaviour:

  • They take fruit mostly from the forest floor.
  • Sometimes associate with troops of monkeys, feeding on fruit the monkeys drop from above.
  • They possibly also capture insects that drop to the ground to escape the monkeys.

Voice:

  • Described as a series of deep booming notes, the first three rising, and the last two at a slightly higher pitch: “BMMM mmMMM”.

Where & how to spot in Manu:

  • They will be seen mostly in pairs or singly.
  • One nest was found to be a round cup, and 1.6 m above the ground.
  • They can be seen on some trails or perched on low branches.
  • Active early in the morning and sometimes at night.
  • Frequent visitor to clay licks.

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