Plain Chachalaca Life History


Habitat ForestsThickets, dense second growth, scrub and forest, primarily in semi-arid regions.Back to top


Nest Placement

Nest Tree

Nesting Facts
Clutch Size:2-4 eggs
Condition at Hatching:Downy and able to follow mother.
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Behavior Foliage GleanerBack to top


Conservation Low ConcernPlain Chachalaca is common throughout its range where suitable habitat persists. Partners in Flight estimates a global breeding population of 2 million, with 2% living in the U.S., and 72% in Mexico. The species rates an 11 out of 20 on the Continental Concern Score. It is not on the 2014 State of the Birds Watch List.Back to top


North American Bird Conservation Initiative. (2014). The State of the Birds 2014 Report. US Department of Interior, Washington, DC, USA.

Partners in Flight (2017). Avian Conservation Assessment Database. 2017.

Peterson, Markus J. (2000). Plain Chachalaca (Ortalis vetula), version 2.0. In The Birds of North America (P. G. Rodewald, editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, New York, USA.

Sibley, D. A. (2014). The Sibley Guide to Birds, second edition. Alfred A. Knopf, New York, USA.

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