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Blue-throated piping guans are medium sized birds, about 24-28 inches tall. Primarily black and white in color, they have bare facial skin that can be blue. Their white or pale blue beaks have black tips and their legs are a reddish color.
Piping guans live in tropical rainforests, semi-deciduous forests and dry savanna woodlands. They prefer to live in areas close to rivers.
When looking for food, they search for palm fruit, flowers, figs and snails.
Blue-throated piping guans will often forage for food in flocks of up to 15 birds. Breeding begins in the rainy season and three eggs are laid in a twig nest which is built in the dense canopy of the rainforest.
The blue-throated guan is hunted for food and is losing habitat as forests are converted for agricultural use.