Dusky-legged guan

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The dusky-legged guan (Penelope obscura) is a species of bird in the family Cracidae, the chachalacas, guans, and curassows. It is found in Uruguay, northeastern Argentina and southernmost areas of Paraguay and Brazil; a narrow disjunct range is in northern Argentina extending into south-central Bolivia.[2]

Dusky-legged guan
Dusky-legged guan.jpg
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Galliformes
Family: Cracidae
Genus: Penelope
P. obscura
Binomial name
Penelope obscura
Temminck, 1815
  • P. o. bridgesi (GR Gray, 1860)
    dusky-legged guan (Bridge's)
  • P. o. bronzina (Hellmayr, 1914)
  • P. o. obscura (Temminck, 1815)
    dusky-legged guan
Geographic groups of Penelope obscura.jpg


Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist lowland forest and subtropical or tropical moist montane forest.[citation needed]


The bird measures an average of 73 centimeters in length and weighs an average of 1.2 kilograms, being very similar in appearance to its smaller relative, the rusty-margined guan (P. supercilliaris).[citation needed]


It eats fruit, flowers and buds taken from the ground or plucked from tree branches, and acts as a seed disperser for various species of trees and palms, such as the endangered palm Euterpe edulis, or the palms of the genus Syagrus (e.g. queen palm and licuri).[3]


  1. ^ BirdLife International (2012). "Penelope obscura". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2012. Retrieved 26 November 2013.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)
  2. ^ Evangelista Vargas, Oscar Diego; Silveira, Luis Fabio (2018-03-29). "Morphological evidence for the taxonomic status of the Bridge's Guan, Penelope bridgesi, with comments on the validity of P. obscura bronzina (Aves: Cracidae)". Zoologia. 35: 1–10. doi:10.3897/zoologia.35.e12993. ISSN 1984-4689.
  3. ^ (in Portuguese) José Felipe Monteiro Pereira (2008) Aves e Pássaros Comuns do Rio de Janeiro Rio de Janeiro: Technical Books pp.48 ISBN 978-85-61368-00-5

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