Little Chachalaca (Ortalis motmot)

Little Chachalaca

[order] Galliformes | [family] Cracidae | [latin] Ortalis motmot | [UK] Little Chachalaca | [FR] Ortalide motmot | [DE] Motmotguan | [ES] Chachalaca Motmot | [IT] Ciacialaca minore | [NL] Kleine Chachalaca


Monotypic species

Physical charateristics

It has a chestnut head, a red dewlap and brown wings.

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The Little Chachalaca is found from southern Venezuela through the Guianas and into Brazil south to just below the river Amazon.


It is not a bird of thick forests but its favorite habitat is dense patches of jungle along the rivers and creeks and also the sandy savanna?s covered with scattered and almost impenetrable bushes and surrounded on all sides by forest. It is not averse to cultivation, provided it is not too intensive, and it often frequents deserted and thickly overgrown plots of cultivation.


The nest is a small cup low above the ground made of small roots and flattened leaves of the surrounding shrubs. The nest cup is lined with dead as well as fresh green leaves, suggesting that building and up-keeping had continued during the laying period. Clutch size is 2-4 eggs.

Feeding habits

Mostly fruit and berries, foraging in small flocks on the ground or in trees.


This species has a large range, with an estimated global extent of occurrence of 1,800,000 km2. The global population size has not been quantified, but it is believed to be large as the species is described as ‘common’ in at least parts of its range (Stotz et al. 1996). Global population trends have not been quantified, but the species is not believed to approach the thresholds for the population decline criterion of the IUCN Red List (i.e., declining more than 30% in ten years or three generations). For these reasons, the species is evaluated as Least Concern.
Little Chachalaca status Least Concern


Presumed sedentary

Distribution map

Little Chachalaca range map


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