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  • proper noun A taxonomic genus within the family Cracidae.


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  • Los Katíos supports a number of species which are characteristic of Central America and are only found in this part of South America such as the mouse Heteromys desmarestianus and grey-headed chachalaca Ortalis cinereiceps.

    Los Katíos National Park, Colombia 2008

  • According to Stattersfield et al. this ecoregion falls within the North Central American Pacific slope Endemic Bird Area with four restricted range species three of which are endemic including the white-bellied chachalaca (Ortalis leucogastra), the blue-tailed hummingbird (Amazilia cyanura) and the giant wren (Campylorhynchus chiapensis).

    Central American dry forests 2009

  • Some unique species found in this ecoregion are the Mexican parrotlet (Forpus cyanopygius), rufous-bellied chachalaca (Ortalis wagleri) and San Blas jay (Cyanocorax sanblasianus).

    Jalisco dry forests 2008

  • Other species prefer less humid area nearer the bordering dry forest including Leucopternis occidentalis, Ortalis erythroptera, and, Attila torridus.

    Western Ecuador moist forests 2008

  • Three restricted range species enter this mangrove ecoregion including the white-bellied chachalaca (Ortalis leucogastra), Pacific parakeet (Aratinga strenua) and giant wren (Campylorhynchus chiapensis).

    Tehuantepec-El Manchon mangroves 2007

  • These brownish birds (Ortalis vetula and nine other species) are found throughout Central and South America, and, given research, could possibly be raised on a large scale.

    5 Chicken 1991

  • Possibly they are the chachalaca (_Ortalis vetula pallidiventris_), a gallinaceous bird, commonly kept in semi-domestication in Mexico, whose bare eye ring and slightly erectile head feathers may be represented by the drawings.

    Animal Figures in the Maya Codices 1915

  • The many interesting birds found here include ospreys (Pandion haliaetus), harpy eagles (Harpia harpyia), toucans (Ramphastos vitellinus), little chachalacas (Ortalis motmot), nine tinamous (Crypturellus spp.,

    Tapajós-Xingu moist forests 2008


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