The West Mexican chachalaca is a species of bird in the Cracidae family. It is found only in Mexico, more
specifically in Pacific-slope (and adjacent interior) thorn forest from Jalisco to Oaxaca.
It is a bird of 625 to 675 mm, is similar in appearance to the chachalaca of the Gulf (Ortalis vetula),
but of greater size and with the most conspicuous crest; Even so, it may be difficult to identify in the
field between the two species, whose distribution overlaps in the Isthmus of Tehuantepec.
Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical dry forests and subtropical or tropical moist lowland
Zoológico de Vallarta A. C.
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