Grey-headed Chachalaca (Ortalis cinereiceps)

The Grey-headed Chachalaca is a bird commonly found in Mexico, Central America, and parts of South America. The bird gets its name from its grey head and neck, which contrasts with its brownish-olive body. The chachalaca also has a distinctive long tail and a red wattle on its neck.

These birds are mostly found in forested areas and are known for their loud and distinct calls, which have been described as "cha-cha-lac" or "cua-cua-lac." These calls are often heard at dawn and dusk when the birds are most active. They are social creatures and are often seen in small groups of up to 10 individuals.

The Grey-headed Chachalaca feeds on fruits, seeds, and insects. They are known to have a particular liking for mangoes, and their large beaks are adapted for cracking open tough nuts and fruits. The birds are also an important food source for many predators, including hawks, owls, and snakes.

These birds are an important part of the ecosystem. They help disperse seeds and nutrients throughout the forest, which contributes to the growth and survival of many plant species. Additionally, they help control the insect population, which helps maintain a healthy ecosystem.

Unfortunately, deforestation and habitat destruction are significant threats to the Grey-headed Chachalaca population. The loss of forested areas decreases their habitat and food sources, making it difficult for them to survive and thrive. These birds have also been hunted for their meat and feathers, which poses an additional threat to their population.

Conservation efforts are crucial to ensuring the survival of the Grey-headed Chachalaca. Protecting their habitat and raising awareness about their importance in the ecosystem can help support their population. Additionally, promoting sustainable hunting practices can help reduce the impact of hunting on their population.

Other names

Ortalis cinereiceps



Grey-headed Chachalaca

txatxalaca capgrís



sivoglava čačalaka

čačalaka šedohlavá

Mexicansk Chachalaca



Ortalide à tête grise


Ciacialaca testagrigia


pilkagalvė čačalaka


czakalaka szarogłowa


Сероголовая чачалака

Sivoglava čačalaka

čačalaka sivohlavá

Chachalaca cabecigrís

gråhuvad chachalaca

Gri Başlı Çaçalaka

чачалака сіроголова

panama tšatšalaka

szürkefejű erdeityúk