Plain Chachalaca

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Plain Chachalaca

Ortalis vetula
  • ORDER: Galliformes
  • FAMILY: Cracidae
Basic Description

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.

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Other Names
  • Chachalaca Norteña (Spanish)
  • Ortalide chacamel (French)
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