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Chestnut-winged Chachalaca Ortalis garrula


The Chestnut-winged Chachalaca is the representative of the genus Ortalis found in the lowlands of northwestern Colombia. It resembles other members of the genus in having a relatively long neck and tail, strong legs, short-rounded wings, a red gular patch, brown upperparts and a pale belly. The combination of rufescent head, chestnut primaries, and pale tips to the outer rectrices is unique. It is common in scrubby habitats and riparian woodland, where birds are likely conspicuous and vocal.

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Recommended Citation

Chestnut-winged Chachalaca (Ortalis garrula), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: