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Grey-winged Trumpeter

Psophia crepitans

Did you know?

  • Grey-winged trumpeters are part of the Psophiidae family, which they share with other birds known as trumpeters.
  • They have dramatically arched wings, which make them look larger than their actual size.
  • They eat fruit and pass seeds intact, helping disperse fruit trees in the forest.
  • Their favorite foods include berries, grasshoppers, centipedes and spiders.
  • A female lays about seven eggs.

Secret Dancers

These elusive birds are found in mature moist tropical forests, away from all human activity. Trumpeters gather in large flocks in forest clearings to perform elaborate and noisy courtship dances. These involve much strutting and leaping, and sometimes even somersaulting. They tend to nest in large tree cavities. Females typically lay about seven eggs.

Habitat in Peril

Trumpter's population status is currently not threatened. They are important seed disperses in the forest. However, their habitat, the dense portions of the Amazon rainforest, is being lost at an alarming rate.

Threat Level

  • Unknown
  • Common
  • Near Threatened
  • Threatened
  • Endangered
  • Critically Endangered
  • Extinct in the Wild


The Grey-winged Trumpeter is widespread and abundant.


Northern and central South America


Humid forests

We care about grey-winged trumpeters

The Saint Louis Zoo supports grey-winged trumpeters in the Bird House and
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