Chachalacas, Guans and Curassows (Cracidae)

Dusky-legged Guan (Penelope obscura) - HBW 2, p. 350

French: Pénélope yacouhou German: Bronzeguan Spanish: Pava Oscura
Other common names: Dusky/Common Guan

Taxonomy: Penelope obscura Temminck, 1815, Paraguay, ex Azara.
Has been considered conspecific with P. jacquacu, but tracheal morphology is different (see page 319). Forms superspecies with P. purpurascens, P. perspicax, P. albipennis and P. jacquacu. Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • bronzina Hellmayr, 1914 - E Brazil (Espiritu Santo to Santa Catarina).
  • obscura Temminck, 1815 - SE Paraguay, NE Argentina, Uruguay and extreme S Brazil (Rio Grande do Sul).
  • bridgesi G. R. Gray, 1860 - C Bolivia S to NW Argentina, on E slope of Andes.