Plain Chachalaca


Plain Chachalaca, Ortalis vetula, Laguna Atascosa, TX

The Plain Chachalaca (Ortalis vetula) occur naturally in the Rio Grande Valley in southernmost Texas, United States south to the northernmost Costa Rica in Central America.

These long-necked birds have small, greysish heads and bare throats. The wings and most of the body are olive-brown, except for the belly, which is pale to ochraceous. Their tails are blackish with green gloss and buffy-white tips.

Their diet consists of various fruits (such as figs, palms, etc.), seeds, leaves and flowers. They may also take crops, such as tomatoes and cucumbers.


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