West Mexican chachalaca

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West Mexican chachalaca
Ortalis poliocephala -Huatulco, Mexico-8.jpg
In Mexico
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Galliformes
Family: Cracidae
Genus: Ortalis
O. poliocephala
Binomial name
Ortalis poliocephala
Wagler, 1830

The West Mexican chachalaca (Ortalis poliocephala) is a species of bird in the family Cracidae. It is found only in Mexico, more specifically in Pacific-slope (and adjacent interior) thorn forest from Jalisco to Oaxaca. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical dry forest and subtropical or tropical moist lowland forest.


  1. ^ BirdLife International (2012). "Ortalis poliocephala". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013.