Rufous-vented Chachalaca (Ortalis ruficauda)

The Rufous-vented Chachalaca is a medium-sized bird endemic to Central America. It belongs to the family Cracidae and is closely related to other chachalaca species found across South and Central America.

This bird is known for its distinctive appearance, with a brownish coloration and a long, curved bill. It has a short, rounded tail and a distinctive rufous vent, which gives it its common name. The Rufous-vented Chachalaca also has a red or orange bare patch of skin around its eyes, which makes it stand out further.

This bird is commonly found in dry forests, woodlands, and scrublands across its range, and it is often seen in pairs or small groups. They are social birds that are known for their noisy and vocal behavior. Their calls are loud, raucous, and often heard before the birds are seen.

They have an omnivorous diet and feed on a variety of plants, flowers, fruits, seeds, and insects. Their feeding behavior often involves them perching in trees and shrubs, from where they can easily access their prey and food.

The Rufous-vented Chachalaca is an important bird for many local communities in Central America as it is hunted for its meat and eggs. However, due to its wide distribution and stable populations, the bird is not considered under threat at the moment.

In conclusion, the Rufous-vented Chachalaca is a unique and fascinating bird that is known for its noisy vocalizations and distinctive appearance. Its status as an important food source for many local communities means that it has significant cultural and economic importance in its range.

Other names

Ortalis ruficauda



Rufous-vented Chachalaca

txatxalaca cul-roig



venezuelska čačalaka

čačalaka venezuelská




Ortalide à ventre roux


Ciacialaca culorossiccio


raudonuodegė čačalaka


czakalaka rdzaworzytna


Краснохвостая чачалака

Čačalaka riđeg podrepka

čačalaka družná

Chachalaca culirroja

rostgumpad chachalaca

Kırmızı Etekli Çaçalaka

чачалака рудогуза

venetsueela tšatšalaka

vöröstorkú erdeityúk