A Bird Risen from the Dead

There was an interesting bird in early Tertiary Central America and southern North America, which humansnamed the white-winged guan. [but it was not discovered until 1877.

– For the next 100 years, all traces of it were lost.
– It was thought to be extinct. [100 years later, it was miraculously discovered in the Tumbes region of Peru.
– There are only a few of them, but even they are considered a marvel of nature.


Because they resemble small turkeys. Its relatives, however, are the pheasant and the peacock.In flight, they appear a bit clumsy. This is due to its more massive body. However, this is merely an appearance, as the guan spends most of its life in trees. Their nuptial flights are interesting.
o It takes off early in the morning, flapping its wings quickly as it flies and making a strange rattling sound.
o Only during this flight are the usually hidden white feathers visible.

Return of the guan to the wild

Currently, there are 24 species of guan in Latin America. Several species are endangered and scientists fear their slow decline. The most endangered is the siroguan,which is still huntedfor its delicious meat.
§ For this reason, conservationists have established breeding stations to focus on the breeding of this rare bird.

§ The breeding station was established in 1980, but the first birds did not fly into the wild until 20 years later.


It was a huge success; despite living in captivity, they successfully nested, giving new hope that they would not become just another species that could only be seen in photographs and displayed as stuffed in museums. The guan found a home in a protected area in the western foothills of the Andes. This is an area located in the Lambayeque province of northern Peru.Conservationists are joining forces to find other habitats for this endangered huichen. After all, it is a shame that our fauna is becoming poorer and poorer.

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