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Ortalis ruficeps


43-58 cm (probably mostly in lower end of this range).
It has a chestnut head, a red dewlap and brown wings. Outer tail is dark olive brown.

Similar species

Variable Chachalaca and Chestnut-headed Chachalaca are nearly identical in plumage pattern but differ strongly in size and somewhat in voice[3].


North-central Brazil (south of the Amazon)


This is a monotypic species[1].

Recently split from Variable Chachalaca





  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, J. A. Gerbracht, D. Lepage, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2021. The eBird/Clements checklist of Birds of the World: v2021. Downloaded from https://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Gill, F, D Donsker, and P Rasmussen (Eds). 2021. IOC World Bird List (v 11.2). Doi 10.14344/IOC.ML.11.2. http://www.worldbirdnames.org/
  3. Paper describing differences between Chestnut-headed Chachalaca and Variable Chachalaca

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