Cracidae - chachalacas, curassows, and guans
There are 50 species in this family. They are found in Central and South America. One species in the family, the plain chachalaca is found in southern Texas.
These birds are similar in shape to turkeys. They have long, thick tails; small bills, large feet, and small heads. They are dull in color and eat seeds, insects, worms, and fruit.
They nest in trees and their chicks are precocial and can move around and feed themselves shortly after birth and can fly a few days after hatching.
World Status Key
Least Concern Near Threatened Vulnerable Endangered Critically Endangered Extinct in the Wild Extinct
Status and range is taken from ICUN Redlist. If no status is listed, there is not enough data to establish status.
US Status Key
Threatened in US Threatened in NH Endangered in US Endangered in NH
Breeds in NH Introduced
Status taken from US Fish and Wildlife and NH Fish and Game
New Hampshire Species
North/Central American Species
||Sickle-winged Guan - Chamaepetes goudotii
Black Guan - Chamaepetes unicolor
Great Curassow - Crax rubra
Horned Guan - Oreophasis derbianus
Gray-headed Chachalaca - Ortalis cinereiceps
White-bellied Chachalaca - Ortalis leucogastra
West Mexican Chachalaca - Ortalis poliocephala
Rufous-vented Chachalaca - Ortalis ruficauda
Plain Chachalaca - Ortalis vetula
Rufous-bellied Chachalaca - Ortalis wagleri