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Subspecies sanctaemarthae
Photo by max1
Santa Marta mountains, Colombia, February 2016
Chamaepetes goudotii


50–65 cm (19¾-25½ in)
Dark upper parts, chestnut underparts. It has a large area of blue, bare facial skin around the red eye.

Similar species

If not seen well could remind of several members of the genus Penelope


Santa Marta mountains and the Andes of Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and Bolivia.


Immature, subspecies tschudii
Photo by WilsonDiaz
Pedro Ruiz, Amazonas, North Peru, April 2014


Six subspecies are recognized[1]:

  • C. g. goudotii:
  • C. g. sanctaemarthae:
  • Santa Marta Mountains (north-eastern Colombia)
  • C. g. fagani:
  • Western slope of Andes of south-western Colombia and Ecuador
  • C. g. tschudii:
  • Eastern slope of Andes of southern Colombia, Ecuador and northern Peru
  • C. g. rufiventris:
  • Eastern slope of Andes in central and southern Peru (locally Junin to Puno), northern Bolivia in La Paz
  • C. g. ssp. (this is a form from Bolivia not yet formally described)


Mostly old forest in humid to wet areas, but also sometimes in older second growth and shaded coffee plantations; has a preference for steep areas and other inaccessible spots. Found at mid elevation of mountains.


Normally a quiet bird with a secretive behavior, so not often seen.


The diet consists mostly of fruits and berries, with the addition of seeds and flowers.


  1. Clements, JF. 2009. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to December 2009. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019.
  2. Restall et al. 2006. Birds of Northern South America. Yale University Press. ISBN 9780300124156
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved April 2016)

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