An exclusive bird of the Amazon: the Gray-winged Trumpeter.
Gray-winged Trumpeters (Psophia crepitans) are one of those birds that won't like to come out in the open for you to pose. It took me several years to finally take some good pictures of these extraordinary birds. While it is difficult to spot one with your own eyes, these trumpeters are actually also quite common in the jungle of Kabalebo. Most of the time you will hear them calling but seeing is another story.
These shots were taken in the cabin trail. A group of Gray-winged trumpeters were just passing by and luckily the sun also appeared. As you can see they have this hunchback appearance and only when the sun is shining upon them you can see the violet color on their neck or throat. Gray-winged trumpeters are terrestrial ground dwelling birds and also quite social, once I saw a group of 20 trumpeters passing by in front of one of the trap cams.
Gray-winged trumpeters are fowl-like birds with a long neck and legs. While walking through the forest as a group they also search for some food; seeds, berries, insects, worms and caterpillars make sure that they are full filled.
Gray-winged trumpeters are locally known as trompetvogel or Kami Kami. With a length of 51 cm (1.3 kg) they surely are noticeable whenever visible, but the moment they are alarmed they make this trumpet sound and flee right back into the dense vegetation.
Gray-winged trumpeters can be easily recognized when visible and when they don't feel threatened, they just stroll through the forest or just hang around.
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