21 November, 2010

Plain Chachalaca

Scientific Name: Ortalis vetula

Range / Habitat: Resident throughout eastern coast of Mexico, Yucatan, and into Central America. Favors lowland shrub and forest. 

Field Notes: Large, noisy fowl-like bird often found in trees. Overall brown with long, broad tail. Face is grey and red gular stripe sometimes apparent. Grey-headed Chachalaca with bright rufous primaries. 

Personal Notes: A surprisingly shy bird for its size and the amount of noise it makes.

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