Chachalacas, Guans and Curassows (Cracidae)

Cauca Guan (Penelope perspicax) - HBW 2, p. 349

French: Pénélope de Cauca German: Caucaguan Spanish: Pava del Cauca

Taxonomy: Penelope perspicax Bangs, 1911, San Luis, Bitaco Valley, western Colombia.
Has long been considered a race of either P. jacquacu or P. purpurascens (see page 313). Forms superspecies with these two and also P. albipennis and P. obscura. Monotypic.

Distribution: W Colombia, on both slopes of W Andes and W slopes of C Andes; almost wholly confined to middle and upper Cauca Valley. Much rarer on W slopes of W Andes, where seen mainly in low passes.