Colombian Chachalaca Ortalis columbiana

  • Order: Galliformes
  • Family: Cracidae
  • Monotypic
  • Authors: Diana Carolina Acosta-Rojas and Dalia C. Barragán Barrera

Endemic to Colombia, as its name would suggest, and the only chachalaca within its now relatively limited range in the central (Cauca and Magdalena) valleys of the country, Colombian Chachalaca should be readily identified. It is found in both humid and deciduous forests, up to 2000 m, but the geographic range and population of this species both are almost certainly declining, and it survives only in pockets. Most of this chachalaca's plumage is rather gray brown, with a mottled appearance to the throat and breast, as well as a small red dewlap on the throat, and rufous outer rectrices.


© Kathi Borgmann

  • Year-round
  • Migration
  • Breeding
  • Non-Breeding

Recommended Citation

Acosta-Rojas, D. C. and D. C. Barragán Barrera (2014). Colombian Chachalaca (Ortalis columbiana), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.