Birds of Colombia

    GALLIFORMES: Cracidae (Chachalacas, Curassows, Guans)  
Genus: Ortalis (6 species, 16 worldwide)

Chachalacas (genus Ortails) are gamebirds found in 'New World' tropical forests. Chachalacas are in the same family as guans and curassow (Cracidae), but are smaller. Most species travel in groups, and are quite loud.

Grey-headed Chachalaca
Grey-headed Chachalaca (Ortalis cinereiceps)
Valle de Anton, Panama  

Colombian Chachalaca
Colombian Chachalaca (Ortalis columbiana) ENDEMIC
ProAves Chestnut-capped Piha Reserve, Anorí, Antioquia, Colombia  

Most closely realted to the [Speckled Chachalaca], and also has a scaled chest. Chachalacas further north ([Grey-headed Chachalaca], [Plain Chachalaca], [Rufous-vented Chachalaca]) are not scaled.

Rufous-headed Chachalaca
Rufous-headed Chachalaca (Ortalis erythroptera) Vulnerable
Photograph by Francesco Veronesi     Copyright and usage info

Chestnut-winged Chachalaca
Chestnut-winged Chachalaca (Ortalis garrula) ENDEMIC
Photograph by Manakin Nature Tours - Luis Urueña   © All Rights Reserved.

Very similar to [Grey-headed Chachalaca], but entire head is chestnut.
Distinctive chestnut head closeup.

Speckled Chachalaca
Speckled Chachalaca (Ortalis guttata)
Villavicencio, Colombia  

Rufous-vented Chachalaca
Rufous-vented Chachalaca (Ortalis ruficauda ruficauda)
Hato Aurora, Casanare, Colombia
  Note lack of streaking or scales.

© Tom Friedel - All Rights Reserved, except for images and data otherwise noted.       Colombia       Panama       Ecuador       Costa Rica       Mexico
Experimental sites:       Guyana       Peru       Nicaragua       Venezuela
Really Experimental sites:       Brazil       Bolivia       Cuba