Plain Chachalaca

About the Plain Chachalaca

Also known as: Eastern Chachalaca, Mexican Guan, Texas Guan, Texas Chachalaca

The Plain Chachalaca is a large species of bird related to Curassows and Guans. Plain Chachalacas are found in eastern parts of Mexico and Nicaragua and Costa Rica. Their northernmost range finds them in the very southern part of Texas in the United States.

Plain Chachalacas are known for their tendency to run across the ground or scurry away from potential danger rather than fly. They are also known for their extremely loud (and some say obnoxious) song, which sounds like cha-cha-lac. This song is what gives the bird its name.

The Plain Chachalaca has a conservation status of Least Concern as of July 2013. They have a large natural range and the global population trend for the species is considered to be stable.

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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 24 July 2013
Scientific Name
Ortalis vetula
  • Galliformes
  • Cracidae
  • Ortalis
  • O. vetula
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Conservation Status
Least Concern (as of 7 April 2020)
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
Units: Imperial / Metric
22 inches
22.4 ounces

International Names

Chinese (汉语) 纯色小冠雉
Czech (Cesky) čačalaka obecná
Danish (Dansk) Brun Chachalaca
Dutch (Nederlands) Bruine Chachalaca
Finnish (Suomi) jukataninkaklattaja
French (Français) Ortalide chacamel
German (Deutsch) Blauflügelguan
Italian (Italiano) Ciacialaca comune
Japanese (日本語) ムジヒメシャクケイ [mujihimeshakukei]
Norwegian (Norsk) Kratthokko
Polish (Polski) czakalaka pólnocna
Russian (русский язык) Бурокрылая чачалака
Spanish (Español) Chachalaca Norteña
Swedish (Svenska) Nordlig chachalaca
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