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Variable Chachalaca

Ortalis motmot

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Slender, long-tailed bird that is often seen in groups of 5-10. At close range note the bare red throat patch. Found in second-growth woodlands, river edges, and disturbed habitats including farms and villages. Somewhat similar to Spix’s and Marail Guans, but Variable Chachalaca is much smaller and is unlikely to be in canopy of tall forest. Usually quiet, but groups call loudly to each other early in the morning; unmistakable call can be heard for more than a kilometer.

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