French: Ortalide du Chaco German: Chacoguan Spanish: Chachalaca charata
Subspecies and Distribution
O. c. canicollis
(Wagler, 1830) – Chaco in E Bolivia (Santa Cruz, Chuquisaca, Tarija, and perhaps Beni), W Paraguay (mainly Alto Chaco, Bajo Chaco and Matogrosense) and N Argentina (Jujuy E & S to Santa Fe).
O. c. pantanalensis
Cherrie & Reichenberger, 1921 – SC Brazil (SW Mato Grosso and Mato Grosso do Sul), with possible sightings in neighbouring Bolivia and Paraguay.
50–56 cm; 479–678 g. Head and neck contrast little with colour of back and breast; virtually crestless. Juvenile resembles adult. Race pantanalensis... read more
Typical of genus: early-morning chorus consists of harsh, raucous “chata-ra-ta” (which... read more
Swampy lowland forest and surrounding monte scrub; frequents borders of trails and edges... read more
Food and feeding
Leaves, fruits, seeds and flowers; also caterpillars, which can be important in periods of abundance. In one study in N Argentina, herb... read more
Season Oct–Feb in N Argentina, during wet season; probably earlier, from Aug, in Bolivia; adult feeding well-grown young in Jan in... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). In Brazil, common in all regions of Pantanal, and in less frequented portions of Chaco; probably also in Paraguay, though... read more
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