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Scaled Chachalaca Ortalis squamata


The Speckled Chachalaca is a medium-sized chachalaca of the western Amazon basin and forested coast of southeast Brasil.  The Speckled Chachalaca has realatively long legs and a long neck, with a short, curved powerful bill. The bird is brown overall, with whitish spangles on the head and neck which fade to scaling down the breast, red legs, and a small, red gular pouch. This species can be common throughout its range, and travels in small, vocal groups through secondary forest and forest edge, being fairly tolerant of disturbance. The disjunct populations on the west side of the Andes in Colombia and in the atlantic rainforest have also been considered separate species at times, but are currently considered conspecific by the South American Classification Committee, though more study is needed into the taxonomy of this group.

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Recommended Citation

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