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Chaco Chachalaca Ortalis canicollis

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  • Chaco Chachalaca (subspecies canicollis)
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A member of the pan-Neotropical genus Ortalis, the Chaco Chachalaca is endemic to the chaco biogeographic region of south central South America. The Chaco Chachalaca primarily is a vegetarian feeding on a variety of plant matter, including seeds and fruits, although it also has been known to consume caterpillars. The Chaco Chachalaca is one of the plainest members of the genus. There is very little geographic overlap with other species of chachalaca, although it may overlap locally with the Speckled Chachalaca (Ortalis guttata); the Speckled Chachalaca is distinguished from the Chaco by the conspicuous white edging of its lower throat and chest feathers and by the dark bare skin of its lores and around the eyes.

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Recommended Citation

Chaco Chachalaca (Ortalis canicollis), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, New York, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: https://neotropical.birds.cornell.edu/Species-Account/nb/species/chacha1