Evaluation of a potential reintroduction site for the white-winged guan Penelope albipennis (Aves, Cracidae) in northern Peru

  • Angulo F
  • Barrio J
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Abstract

The white-winged guan Penelope albipennis (Aves, Cracidae) is a Critically Endangered bird endemic to northern Peru. We surveyed a protected area suitable for its reintroduction north of the species' current range. Following IUCN guidelines, four factors were evaluated: diversity and quantity of plant species that are part of the white-winged guan's diet, year-round water sources, resting and roosting cover, and extent of undisturbed forest. Several suitable small valleys or quebradas were inspected, but our evaluation focused on three. We identified all shrub and tree species to compare with habitat currently used by the guan. Cover for nesting places was assessed visually. We found species composition and microhabitat types to be similar to habitat presently used by wild guans. Thus, all habitat components are favourable for reintroduction. The high degree of protection of the area makes it particularly suitable as a reintroduction site. We recommend experimental extension of the species current range to mitigate the risk of extinction posed by catastrophic events.

Author-supplied keywords

  • Aves
  • Cracidae
  • Critically Endangered
  • Penelope albipennis
  • Peru
  • Reintroduction
  • White-winged guan

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Authors

  • Fernando Angulo

  • Javier Barrio

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