Rufous-headed Chachalaca (Ortalis erythroptera)

Order: Galliformes  | Family: Cracidae  | IUCN Status: Vulnerable

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Southwest Ecuador

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Southwest Ecuador

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Piura, Peru

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Guayas, Ecuador

Identification & Behavior: ~58.5 cm (23 in). The Rufous-headed Chachalaca is uniformly brown with rufous head and upper neck. Sexes are alike. They have a reduced red dewlap and gray legs. About half of the outer tail feathers are rufous. The Rufous-headed Chachalaca are often seen in family groups of three to five individuals in the forest mid-canopy but readily takes to the ground. They overlap with the much larger Crested Guan. Also, see Speckled Chachalaca

Status: Endemic to the Tumbezian Center of Endemism. In Peru, the Rufous-headed Chachalaca is restricted to the humid deciduous forest of extreme northwest Peru, generally at elevations below 1000 m.

Name in Spanish: Chachalaca de Cabeza Rufa.

Sub-species: Rufous-headed Chachalaca (Ortalis erythroptera) Sclater, PL & Salvin, 1870.

Meaning of Name: Ortalis: Gr. Chicken. erythroptera: Gr. Eruthros=red, pteros=winged..

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Distribution Map


    • Species range based on: Schulenberg, T. S., D. F. Stotz, and L. Rico. 2006. Distribution maps of the birds of Peru, version 1.0. Environment, Culture & Conservation (ECCo). The Field Museum. on 11/09/2014.