Chachalacas, Guans and Curassows (Cracidae)

Rufous-vented Chachalaca (Ortalis ruficauda) - HBW 2, p. 343

French: Ortalide à ventre roux German: Rotschwanzguan Spanish: Chachalaca Culirroja
Other common names: Rufous-tailed/Red-tailed Chachalaca; Rufous-tipped Chachalaca (ruficauda)

Taxonomy: Ortalida ruficauda Jardine, 1847, Tobago.
Race ruficrissa has been considered separate species, but intergradation with ruficauda occurs N of Cúcuta, in N Colombia, and in hinterland of L Maracaibo, Venezuela; birds of latter area have been awarded different race, baliolus (see page 312). Population of Serrania de Macuire in Guajira Peninsula, NE Colombia, has also been separated in different race, lamprophonia; validity doubtful, but deserves further study. Probably meets O. garrula in W of range (Guajira), but no evidence of hybridization. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • ruficrissa P. L. Sclater & Salvin, 1870 - N Colombia and NW Venezuela.
  • ruficauda Jardine, 1847 - NE Colombia, N & NE Venezuela (including Margarita I) and Tobago; also Becquia I and Union I, Lesser Antilles, where probably introduced from Tobago.