Rufous-vented chachalaca

Rufous-vented chachalaca

Ortalis ruficauda

The rufous-vented chachalaca is a member of an ancient group of birds of the family Cracidae, which are related to the Australasian mound builders. It inhabits northeast Colombia and northern Venezuela where it is called guacharaca, and the island of Tobago in Trinidad and Tobago where it is known as the cocrico and is one of the country's two national birds. It is also found on Bequia and Union Island in the Grenadines where it may have been introduced. This species is one of the national birds of Trinidad and Tobago and is featured on that country's coat of arms along with the scarlet ibis, the ibis representing Trinidad and the cocrico representing Tobago.

This is a part of the Wikipedia article used under the Creative Commons Attribution-Sharealike 3.0 Unported License (CC-BY-SA).

Habits and Lifestyle

Seasonal behavior
Bird's call

Diet and Nutrition


1. Rufous-vented chachalaca Wikipedia article -
2. Rufous-vented chachalaca on The IUCN Red List site -
3. Xeno-canto bird call -

More Fascinating Animals to Learn About