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Plain Chachalaca Ortalis vetula

Described by: Wagler (1830)
Alternate common name(s): Common Chachalaca, Mexican Chachalaca, Eastern Chachalaca, Northern Chachalaca, Utila Chachalaca
Old scientific name(s): None known by website authors


Texas, USA - 1999 © Kees Bakker  Sabal Palm Sanctuary, Brownsville, Cameron County, Texas, USA - Aug, 2004 © Jesus Fernando Cerra Luna  Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge, Texas, USA - Jul 27, 2003 © Jesus Fernando Cerra Luna  Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park, Hidalgo County, Texas, USA - Apr 16, 2004 © Michael Woodruff  Sabal Palm Sanctuary, Brownsville, Cameron County, Texas, USA - Apr 6, 2005 © Hans Spiecker 
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Nc. and e. Central America;
Two populations;
(2) Sc. United States (ex. se. tip of Texas in the lower Rio Grande Valley (Bensten-Rio Grande State Park, Welder Wildlife Refuge, Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge, and Sabel Palm Sanctuary, Brownsville) to ne. Mexico (Nuevo Leon, Tamaulipas s. to se. San Luis Potosi and ex. N. Veracruz).
Introduced to San Patricio County, Texas, and Sapelo Is., Georgia, but may now be extirpated at the latter location.
(2) E. and s. Mexico (c. Veracruz and e. Puebla s. through n. Oaxaca, Tabasco, Chiapas, and s. Campeche, n. Guatemala , n. and c. Honduras (La Tigra National Park) to nc. Nicaragua. Isolated population in nw. Costa Rica (Nicoya Peninsula and in the lowlands s. to head of the Gulf of Nicoya at Palo Verde National Park and Santa Rosa National Park).
(3) Ec. Mexico (Yucatan and Cancun Is.).
(4) Se. Mexico (s. Yucatan, Quintana Roo), Belize, e. Guatemala (Tikal National Park, Rio Dulce National Park, Laguna La Chua National Park).
(5) Utila Is. off n. Honduras.
North America n. of Mexican border;
Summer: se. TEX;
Winter: se. TEX;


Sian Kaan Biosphere Reserve, Quintana Roo, Mexico - Mar 8, 2002 Source: William Hull
Description: Bird is perched on a branch and then takes flight.


Location unknown - Date unknown Source: USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
Location unknown - Date unknown Source: Dan Mennill
Location unknown - Date unknown Source: Dan Mennill


Clements, James F. Birds of the World: A Checklist. Vista, CA: Ibis Publishing Company, 2000.


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