A large arboreal gamebird, the Crested Guan is a curious figure up in the Costa Rican forest canopy. So big, and yet rooting around in the treetops rather than on the ground. They feed on fruit and vegetation.
Penelope purpurascens are turkey-like with a small head, large body, and long tail. You always know they’re around because they’re very vocal, and travel in groups of 6-12. Also, being so big and heavy (over 3 pounds or 1750 g), they make a lot of noise rustling among the forest leaves and branches. More info here.
Big , noisy birds with bright red features are a favorite for folks who can’t see too well. But even for those of us with binoculars, their dapper crest, red eye, and bright scarlet throat wattleare always a welcomed sight.
Photo credit: Athena Alexander