Family Guans, Chachalacas, Curassows (Cracidae)

Least Concern

Chestnut-winged Chachalaca (Ortalis garrula)


French: Ortalide babillarde German: Rotflügelguan Spanish: Chachalaca alirroja

Phasianus garrulus


, 1805,

Magdalena River, Colombia


Closely related to O. cinereiceps, and has been considered conspecific; they differ in voice and plumage, and, despite claims of sporadic hybridization in wild, they are separated by an area of dense forest probably unsuitable for any Ortalis. Previously thought probably to meet O. ruficauda in E of range (Guajira), but no evidence of hybridization (specimen on which speculation based now appears to be of latter species)#R. Monotypic.


NW Colombia (Magdalena S to N Antioquia).

Descriptive notes

c. 53 cm; male 755 g (one), female 630 g (one). Sexes alike; mainly brown above (brightest on crown and nape) with contrasting dark, pale-tipped tail, brown throat and upper... read more


Rather similar to that of O. ruficauda; typical, loud far-carrying group chorus, “... read more


Dense tropical thickets, scrubby deciduous forest, tall second growth, arid scrub, riparian... read more

Food and feeding

No information on diet or foraging behaviour. Forages in groups of up to 12 birds.


Nest (undescribed) and male in breeding condition, both in Apr. One nest built by male in captivity. Usually three eggs, each laid two days... read more


No information available; presumably sedentary.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Considered common in 1986, and probably remains so at present in much of range; population minimally estimated at c. 10,000 birds.... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J. & Kirwan, G.M. (2018). Chestnut-winged Chachalaca (Ortalis garrula). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 15 October 2018).