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Scientific Classification

Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Aves
Order:Gruiformes
Family:Psophiidae
Genus:Psophia
Genus species:Psophia viridis

Animal Characteristics

Head-Body Length:43-53 cm
Weight:1 kg
Identification:Adults have dark plumage with dark green wingtips, which form a green patch on the back. They have a long neck and legs and a hunchback appearance. Juveniles are reddish with cream upperparts and white stripes.
Habitat:Dense tropical rainforest.
Diet:Omnivore: fruit knocked to forest floor by primates, insects, such as beetles, ants and termites.
Reproduction:The dark-winged trumpeter uses a rare breeding system, cooperative polyandry, in which a dominant female mates with three dominant males and the other adults in the group help feed and care for the chicks. Nests are found in hollow tree cavities. A clutch of about five eggs is laid, and incubation lasts 27 days.
Dark-winged trumpeters travel in groups of 3-12 birds.
Behavior:The dark-winged trumpeter is a very social bird that uses a complex set of calls to communicate.
Status:No special status
Interesting Facts:Dark-winged trumpeters are named for their deep, booming territorial call. The three species of trumpeter are distinguished by the color of their inner wing plumage.

Other Information

Geographic:Central South America Date:1970-10 Subjects:upland ground bird
Dark-winged trumpeter
Green-winged trumpeter
Psophiidae
Gruiformes
Birds
Vertebrates
Chordata