French: Ortalide à tête rousse German: Rotkopfguan Spanish: Chachalaca cabecirrufa
P. L. Sclater and Salvin
Babahoyo and Guayaquil, western Ecuador
Fragmented populations in W Ecuador (from Esmeraldas S to El Oro and Loja) and extreme NW Peru (Tumbes and Piura, perhaps Cajamarca); recently confirmed#R as occurring in SW Colombia (Nariño).
56–66 cm; 620–645 g. Similar to O. garrula, but tail tips rufous/chestnut and lower breast and abdomen more creamy. Iris brown, facial skin dark bluish... read more
Regularly vocalizes in early morning, sometimes from well before dawn (like other Ortalis... read more
Dry deciduous forest and humid cloudforest, occasionally on agricultural land, in tropical coastal... read more
Food and feeding
Diet known to contain only fruit. Birds have been observed pecking leaves of cloudforest trees, and one bird had leaves in its stomach;... read more
In NW Peru silent, and probably not breeding, during dry season (Jun–Jul); suspected to breed there around Feb, when more vocal and... read more
No information available, but presumably sedentary.
Status and conservation
VULNERABLE. Previously considered Near Threatened. Overall population speculated to number no more than 10,000 birds. Has suffered range contraction which appears to be... read more
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