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Ortalis araucuan


Brown upperside and neck, throat, and upper breast, while underside is paler in most subspecies. All forms have white fringes to dark feathers producing a scaled effect. Tail has outer feather rufous. Legs and feet dark. A red throat skin fold is sometimes visible.


Found in eastern Brazil


This is a monotypic species.
It was formerly included in Speckled Chachalaca.


Low forests and forest borders, palm groves, gardens.



The diet includes fruit, particularly bananas. Readily visits feeders.

Vocalizations are variations of Chachala or Chachalaca.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, B.L. Sullivan, C. L. Wood, and D. Roberson. 2013. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: Version 6.8., with updates to August 2013. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Avibase
  3. SACC baseline read July 2010
  4. Birdforum thread about the taxonomy of Chachalacas

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