Rufous-vented chachalaca

Often make a distinctive “cha-cha-lac” sound, which is where they get their name

Fernando Flores

Rufous-vented chachalaca


Often make a distinctive “cha-cha-lac” sound, which is where they get their name


A bird species native to the tropical regions of northern South America and the Caribbean. These birds are recognized for their distinctive appearance and calls. They have a largely brownish plumage with a rufous or reddish vent and underparts, which gives them their name. Their body is slender, with a long tail and a small head, making them easily distinguishable from other birds in their habitat.

These chachalacas are highly social creatures, typically found in small family groups. They are known for their loud, raucous calls, which can be heard echoing through the forest. These calls serve multiple purposes, including communication within the group, territorial defense, and attracting mates. The vocalizations of Rufous-vented chachalacas are often described as a series of repetitive, clucking sounds that can be quite loud and carry over long distances.

The natural habitat of the Rufous-vented chachalaca includes a variety of forested environments such as tropical and subtropical forests, mangroves, and scrublands. They are adaptable birds, capable of thriving in different types of vegetation as long as there is sufficient cover and food supply. They are often seen perched in trees or moving through the underbrush in search of food. These birds are strong fliers, but they prefer to move around by hopping and gliding from branch to branch.


Population est.
Saint Vincent
Trinidad & Tobago

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Terrestrial / Aquatic

Altricial / Precocial

Polygamous / Monogamous

Dimorphic (size) / Monomorphic

Active: Diurnal / Nocturnal

Social behavior: Solitary / Pack / Flock

Diet: Carnivore / Frugivore / Omnivore / Piscivorous / Insectivore

Migratory: Yes / No

Domesticated: Yes / No

Dangerous: Yes / No