Little chachalaca

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Little chachalaca
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Galliformes
Family: Cracidae
Genus: Ortalis
Species: O. motmot
Binomial name
Ortalis motmot
(Linnaeus, 1766)
  • O. m. motmot (Linnaeus, 1766)
    little chachalaca
  • O. m. ruficeps (Wagler, 1830)
    rufous-headed chachalaca

The little chachalaca (Ortalis motmot) is a small bird found only in the northern part of South America. It grows to about 38 cm (15 inches) in length and weighs 380 to 620 g (13 to 22 oz).[2] This bird lives mostly in trees. It is a member of the Cracidae family, and is found in northern Brazil, French Guiana, Suriname, Guyana and Venezuela. It may also be found in the far eastern regions of Colombia. The chestnut-headed chachalaca was considered a subspecies. In fact, some taxonomic authorities still consider it conspecific, including the American Ornithological Society.


  1. ^ BirdLife International (2012). "Ortalis motmot". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013. 
  2. ^ CRC Handbook of Avian Body Masses by John B. Dunning Jr. (Editor). CRC Press (1992), ISBN 978-0-8493-4258-5.
  • Animal, Smithsonian Institution, 2005