Chaco Chachalaca (Ortalis canicollis)

The Chaco Chachalaca (Ortalis canicollis) is a bird native to South America, specifically found in the Chaco and Cerrado biomes, spanning across Bolivia, Brazil, Paraguay, and Argentina. It is a medium-sized bird, measuring around 50 cm in length and weighing around 350-600 grams. The Chaco Chachalaca has a distinctly long, curved beak that helps it forage for fruits, seeds, and insects in the dense vegetation it inhabits.

The Chaco Chachalaca is a loud bird, with a unique, high-pitched call that sounds like "wah-wah-wah." The bird is known to vocalize frequently with its fellow members, often performing loud choruses and communicating with each other through a series of calls and sounds. They are also known to be sociable birds, often found in small familial groups which may consist of up to 10 birds.

The Chaco Chachalaca is a primarily ground-dwelling bird that lives in forested areas, savannas, and scrublands. It is well adapted to life on the ground and is a clumsy flier, preferring to scurry around on the forest floor. The bird is quite skittish and has a reputation for being difficult to spot. The Chaco Chachalaca has feathered legs and feet, which are well-suited for grabbing and holding onto branches.

The Chaco Chachalaca is an important bird for the local ecosystems it inhabits. It acts as a seed disperser, helping to spread fruit trees and other plants throughout its range. The birds are also preyed upon by large raptors, snakes and mammals such as ocelots and foxes. Human activities such as logging, agriculture, and human settlements pose a threat to the populations of Chaco Chachalaca, however, the bird is not considered endangered, with an assessment of “Least Concern” according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN).

In conclusion, the Chaco Chachalaca is a fascinating bird that plays an important role in its ecosystem. Its unique vocalizations, well-suited legs and feet, and foraging behavior make it an incredibly adaptable and interesting species to study. While human activity poses a threat to the bird's habitats, conservation efforts are in place to ensure that populations remain stable for this beautiful and important bird.

Other names

Ortalis canicollis



Chaco Chachalaca

txatxalaca del Chaco



riđorepa čačalaka

čačalaka šedokrká




Ortalide du chaco


Ciacialaca del chaco


čakinė čačalaka


czakalaka bura



Čako čačalaka

čačalaka sivokrká

Chachalaca charata

gråhalsad chachalaca

Çako Çaçalakası

чачалака бура


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