Chachalacas, Guans and Curassows (Cracidae)

Band-tailed Guan (Penelope argyrotis) - HBW 2, p. 347

French: Pénélope à queue barrée German: Bindenschwanzguan Spanish: Pava Camata

Taxonomy: Pipile argyrotis Bonaparte, 1856, Caracas.
Forms superspecies with P. barbata, with which often considered conspecific (see page 313). Race colombiana has been considered separate species. Race albicauda sometimes merged with nominate. Birds from W Venezuela and N Colombia, and from N Venezuela, sometimes awarded separate races, respectively mesaeus and olivaceiceps, but differences generally reckoned too slight to merit acceptance. Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • albicauda Phelps & Gilliard, 1940 - Sierra de Perijá, in Colombia and Venezuela.
  • colombiana Todd, 1912 - Santa Marta Mts, N Colombia.
  • argyrotis (Bonaparte, 1856) - N Colombia and N & W Venezuela.