Penelope albipennis Taczanowski, 1878:746

White-winged guan



Taxonomy & Nomenclature



Conservation Status

Last record: 1876 or 1877

Rediscovered in 1977

IUCN RedList status: Critically Endangered



Cajamarca & Piura departments, Peru (north-western)


Biology & Ecology










Original scientific description:

Taczanowski, L. (1876). Supplément à la Liste des Oiseaux recueillis au nord du Pérou occidental par MM. Jelski et Stolzmann. Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London 1877: 744-754.

Other references:

Alcalde, M.; Reynel C.; Angulo, F. (2009). Vegetación de la Quebrada Pavas (Lambayeque, Perú) para reintroducción de Penelope albipennis. Zonas Aridas 12(1): 60-73.

Angulo F. P. (2008). Current status and conservation of wild and reintroduced White-winged Guan (Penelope albipennis). Ornitología Neotropical 19 (Suppl.): 279-286.

Angulo, F. P. (2011). The rediscovery of the century: the guan with the white wings. Neotropical Birding 9: 37-43.

Angulo, F.; Barrio, J. 2004. Evaluation of a potential reintroduction site for the white-winged guan Penelope albipennis (Aves, Cracidae) in northern Peru. Oryx 38: 448-451.

Angulo, F.; Diaz-Montes, V.R. 2012. New protected areas for the Critically Endangered white-winged guan. World Pheasant Association News 89: 14.

Angulo P., F. (Editor). 2005. Estrategia de conservación de la Pava Aliblanca (Penelope albipennis) en el núcleo sur de distribución: Salas – Laquipampa – Chongoyape. Asociacion Cracidae Perú. , Chiclayo, Perú.

Angulo P., F. (Editor). 2006. Estrategia de conservación de la Pava Aliblanca (Penelope albipennis) en el núcleo sur de distribución: Olmos – Salitral – Huarmaca. Asociacion Cracidae Perú, Chiclayo, Perú.

Angulo Pratolongo, F., Diaz, V. R., Williams and L. Cancino. 2006. White-winged Guan (Penelope albipennis). In: Brooks, M. D. (ed.), Conserving Cracids: the most Threatened Family of Birds in the Americas, pp. 29-31. Misc. Publ. Houston Mus. Nat. Sci., No. 6, Houston, TX, USA.

BirdLife International. (2013). Penelope albipennis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.2. ( Downloaded on 09 August 2014.

Dallas Morning News, 23 October, 1977

Díaz-Montes, V. R.; del Solar-Rojas, G. 1997. Resultados parciales del plan integral para salvar a la Pava Aliblanca (Penelope albipennis). In: Strahl, S.D.; Beaujon, D.; Brooks, D.M.; Begazo, A.J.; Sedaghatkish, G.; Olmos, F. (ed.), The Cracidae: their biology and conservation, pp. 467-471. Hancock House Publishers, Surrey, Canada.

Flanagan, J. N. M.; Williams, R. S. R. 2001. A training program for the conservation of the White-winged Guan (Penelope albipennis) in northern Peru. In: Brooks, D.M.; Gonzalex-F, F. (ed.), Biology and conservation of Cracids in the new millenium, pp. 139-146. Misc. Publ. Houston Mus. Nat. Sci. No.2.

Knox, Alan G. and Walters, Michael P. (1994). Extinct and endangered birds in the collections of The Natural History Museum. British Ornithologists' Club Occasional Publications 1: 1-292.

Pautrat, L.; de Solar, G.; Brightsmith, D. (2000). Reintroduction of the White-winged Guan Penelope albipennis in the community of Santa Catalina de Chongoyape, Lambayeque, NW Peru.

Scheffers, Brett R., Yong, Ding Li, Harris, J. Berton C., Giam, Xingli and Sodhi, Navjot S. (2011). The world’s rediscovered species: back from the brink? PLoS ONE 6(7): e22531. [Supporting Information (Table S1)]

Serván M. A. and Angulo P. F. (2006). Caracterización Florística y Análisis de Diversidad en el área de distribución de la Pava Aliblanca (Penelope albipennis Taczanowski).

Williams, R. (2004). White-winged guan Penelope albipennis reintroduction programme in the Chaparri Private Reserve Area. Report of activities and progress: November 2003 - April 2004.


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