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). 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.
- Animal, Smithsonian Institution, 2005
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