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Plain Chachalaca

Ortalis vetula ORDER: GALLIFORMES FAMILY: CRACIDAE

IUCN Conservation Status: Least Concern

A large chicken-like bird of Mexico and Central America, the Plain Chachalaca reaches the United States only in southern Texas. Its name comes from its loud, raucous calls.

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Appearance

Gamebirds
Gamebirds
Typical Voice

Adult Description

Large chicken-like bird. Dull brown or grayish all over. Small head. Long tail with white tip. Long, strong legs. Bare red skin on throat.

Immature Description

Similar to adult.

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  • Adult

    Plain Chachalaca

    Adult
    • © 2004 Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Santa Ana NWR, Texas, January 2000
  • Adult

    Plain Chachalaca

    Adult
    • © Mary Tremaine / CLO

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