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Male and Female, Subspecies montagnii, with yellow bill
Photo by Digitalbcon
Acaime Natural Reserve near Salento, Quindio, Colombia, April 2014
Penelope montagnii


51–61 cm (20-24 in)

  • Long body
  • Thin neck
  • Small head
  • Brown plumage with whitish feather-edging on the head, neck and chest
  • Red dewlap
  • Reddish legs
  • Bill seems variable with at least some northern birds showing yellow bill


Probable subspecies montagnii with black bill
Photo by Luis R
La Azulita, Mérida State, Venezuela, June 2014

South America: found in Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia



There are 5 subspecies[1]:

  • P. m. montagnii:
  • P. m. atrogularis:
  • P. m. brooki:
  • P. m. plumosa:
  • Eastern slope of Andes of Peru
  • P. m. sclateri:


Cloud forest with epiphytes, including dwarf forests. Observed at heights around 2183 m.


It follows migrating Army Ants.


A variety of ripe and unripe fruit and seeds.


They nest in a tree, and a single egg is laid.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2015. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2015, with updates to August 2015. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Avibase
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved October 2015)
  4. Wikipedia

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