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Gray-headed Chachalaca

(Ortalis cinereiceps)

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Largish olive-colored bird with lighter belly, small gray head, and reddish throat; dark tail with lighter tip; reddish brown wing tips seen in flight; gray bill; to 53cm (21in). (Chachalaca Cabeci grís).


Low and middle elevations over Caribbean and southern Pacific slopes; found in trees in woodland areas, thickets, around clearings, and along watercourses; walks along tree branches.

Found in the following Parks:

Braulio Carrillo National Park.
Carara National Park.
Cahuita National Park.
Caño Negro National Wildlife Refuge.
Corcovado National Park.
La Amistad National Park.
La Selva Biological Reserve.
Manuel Antonio National Park.
Tortuguero National Park.

If you want to read about Eco-Tourism, Ecology, Behavior, Breeding and more of Costa Ricas' Fauna, we recommend to buy the Travelers' Wildlife Guide of Costa Rica by Les Beletzky (or Belesky) with beautiful illustrations by Davis Dennis. This priceless guide is our constant companion, when we travel around Costa Rica, Panama and Nicaragua.
To buy the complete book visit Interlink Books

The team of Discovery Travel World wishes you the best of times in our little paradise called Costa Rica.

Gray-headed Chachalaca (Ortalis cinereiceps), Costa Rica