Plain ChachalacaOrtalis vetula
- ORDER: Galliformes
- FAMILY: Cracidae
A large chickenlike 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.More ID Info
- Chachalaca Norteña (Spanish)
- Ortalide chacamel (French)
- Cool Facts
- The Plain Chachalaca is the only member of the family of guans, currasows, and chachalacas to reach the United States. The family contains approximately 50 species, ranging from Mexico to southern South America, many of which are endangered by over-hunting.
- Unlike most other chicken relatives in North America, the Plain Chachalaca is largely arboreal, spending most of its time foraging in trees. It is commonly observed feeding in precarious positions, including upside down.