Plain Chachalaca Ortalis vetula

  • © Jorge Miguel Conejo Chaverri

The Plain Chachalaca is the most northerly of the Cracids, distributed from Texas south to Costa Rica along the Gulf Coast and lowlands. It is easy to locate by its raucous "cha-cha-lac" calls that ring out from subtropical forest edge. Plain Chachalacas roam in wary flocks of around a dozen individuals that run or glide away from perceived threats. The species is dark slaty-brown with a buffy belly and long, square, dark tail.

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Loud calls of male

© Gerrit Vyn

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

Recommended Citation

Plain Chachalaca (Ortalis vetula), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, New York, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: