Some of the Trumpeter bird’s physical characteristics indicate a relationship with cranes; others show a similarity to rails. Overall, the bird looks rather like a pheasant-sized long-legged Guinea Fowl.
The bird’s strongly arched wings, always held somewhat spread, make it look larger than it actually is, but the long, curved neck appears thin because it is covered with closely-packed velvety feathers.
- Trumpeters cover their territory in the dark rain forests following certain paths led by a particularly alert bird.
- They are silent unless disturbed, at which time they utter strange cries from which it gets its name.