This gregarious bird can be seen in flocks of 50 or more when not breeding. The trumpeter is monogamous and mates for life. The trumpeter is a rather weak flier and prefers to run rather than fly.
Distribution: Dense forests of Brazil, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname and French Guiana
Diet in the Wild: Fruits, arthropods such as spiders and insects, small vertebrates (including snakes!)
Diet at Caldwell Zoo: Grain, greens, varied fruits and vegetables, meal worms and crickets
IUCN Red List Status: Near threatened, population decreasing
Threats: Deforestation of the Amazon Basin resulting in habitat loss, hunting pressures
Despite their tendency to remain on the ground and their fluffy appearance, gray-winged trumpeters are capable of limited flight and will fly into trees at night to sleep.
Gray-winged trumpeter chicks hatch already covered in a layer of down and are ready for their first meal almost immediately. Feeding the chicks is a duty shared by all members of the flock.