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Speckled chachalaca

Ortalis guttata

Description:

The Speckled Chachalaca is a member of the family Crassidae, a close relative to Curassows. This turkey-like bird is mostly arboreal and it usually travels in pairs or trios. Their social nature and arboreal behaviour are great indicators for identifying the species, since other Chachalacas look very similar. They range throghout most of the Amazonian Rainforest and other patches of tropical areas around South America. In recent years, it has spread widely due to its tolerance and resistance to disturbed habitats and fragmentation, along with their relatively small size. Their most noteworthy feature is the flap of skin beneath their beaks.

Habitat:

Tropical Rainforest


1 Species ID Suggestions

Jellis
Jellis 4 years ago
Speckled chachalaca
Ortalis guttata Speckled chachalaca


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7 Comments

Nimbid Ditavi
Nimbid Ditavi 4 years ago

Thank you Ashley! I'll do my best!

AshleyT
AshleyT 4 years ago

Your spotting has been nominated for the Spotting of the Week. The winner will be chosen by the Project Noah Rangers based on a combination of factors including: uniqueness of the shot, status of the organism (for example, rare or endangered), quality of the information provided in the habitat and description sections. There is a subjective element, of course; the spotting with the highest number of Ranger votes is chosen. Congratulations on being nominated!

Nimbid Ditavi
Nimbid Ditavi 4 years ago

Oh, I didn't know that! Thanks!

Jellis
Jellis 4 years ago

Since I don't know that area this might help you.
Similar Species

Colombian Chachalaca is similar to Speckled Chachalaca (Ortalis guttata), but these two species are completely allopatric: Colombian Chachalaca is restricted to the Cauca and Magdalena Valleys, whereas Speckled Chachalaca occurs in Amazonia and on the foothills of the Eastern Andes. Additionally, Colombian Chachalaca has more extensive pale scaling on the breast and belly, compared to the stippled white marks of Speckled Chachalaca (Donegan et al. 2010).

Jellis
Jellis 4 years ago

but doesn't the Colombia one have barring? the one I suggested is speckeled

Nimbid Ditavi
Nimbid Ditavi 4 years ago

Thank you Ashley and Jellis, I was able to find the specific species of this bird thanks to you.

AshleyT
AshleyT 4 years ago

One of the species of Chachalacas, just not sure which one!

Nimbid Ditavi
Spotted by
Nimbid Ditavi

Meta, Colombia

Lat: 4.24, Long: -73.53

Spotted on Jan 7, 2016
Submitted on Jan 14, 2016

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