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  • n. Any of several cracid birds, of the genus Ortalis, limited to the Americas, that resemble the guans.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The Texan guan (Ortalis vetula).

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The Texan guan, Ortalis vetula maccalli; a gallinaceous bird of the family Cracidæ and subfamily Penelopinæ, the only representative of the family in the United States.

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  • n. slender arboreal guan resembling a wild turkey; native to Central America and Mexico; highly regarded as game birds


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Late 19th century. From South American Spanish chachalaca, from Nahuatl.


  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • I finally got to see a chachalaca up close, a relative to a turkey, that is shy, loud (its call sounds like a rusty meat grinder), and travels in groups.

    Studying Nature in Mexico is an Unforgettable Adventure

  • Obrador in defending himself against Vicente Fox calling him a crook in return called Fox una chachalaca, which means what Vicente Fox says is like the racous call of the chachalaca bird, a mocking call, and called a "mockingbird" in my old neck of the woods--a dirty rascal of a bird that steals other birds's calls and mimicks them.

    Madness and Survival

  • He decided it was just the screech of a chachalaca, many of which flapped about the hill.

    A Sweet Scent of Death

  • Two well-directed shots gave us half a dozen, -- for the young _chachalaca_ is not to be despised on the table, -- and we added them to our stock of water-fowls and melons as tempting trophies to our companions from the new Canaan on which they were venturing.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 05, No. 30, April, 1860

  • 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

  • The Ibis, locally known as the flamingo, is the national bird of Trinidad, while the cocrico, also called the chachalaca, a name which sounds like a performance on news, business, sport, the Daily Telegraph newspaper, Sunday Telegraph


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  • *starts the hustle*

    May 2, 2009

  • *gets funky*

    May 2, 2009

  • *gets down*

    May 2, 2009

  • *tosses a few well-timed "BOOM"s in to keep dancing*

    April 30, 2009

  • I'm not chiming. I'm too busy dancing.


    April 30, 2009

  • Consonant diphthongs, I meant. :)

    (Now everyone's going to chime in and say that diphthongs are only vowels and there's no such thing as consonant diphthongs. Thanks, everyone.)

    April 30, 2009

  • Let's do the cha-cha-la-caaaaaaaaa!

    It's just a jump to the left ...

    April 30, 2009

  • where are these diphthongs you speak of?

    April 30, 2009

  • It's nothing but sizzling diphthongs and schwas! Boogie down!

    April 30, 2009

  • This word is a dance craze waiting to happen.

    April 30, 2009

  • Gotta love those chachalacas. :-)

    April 30, 2009

  • Fossil species of chachalaca include: Ortalis tantala, Ortalis pollicaris, Ortalis affinis, and Ortalis phengites. Also Boreortalis, which deserves mention just because of its name, which is teh alsome.

    Speaking of teh alsome, see also guan and curassow.

    April 29, 2009