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Plain Chachalaca Ortalis vetula

IUCN Red List history

Year Category
2012 Least Concern
2009 Least Concern
2008 Least Concern
2004 Least Concern
2000 Lower Risk/Least Concern
1994 Lower Risk/Least Concern
1988 Lower Risk/Least Concern

Species attributes

Migratory status not a migrant Forest dependency Low
Land mass type   Average mass -

Distribution

  Estimate Data quality
Extent of Occurrence breeding/resident (km2) 603,000 medium
Number of locations -
Fragmentation -

Population & trend

  Estimate Data quality Derivation Year of estimate
No. of mature individuals poor Estimated 2009
Population trend Stable -
Number of subpopulations - - -
Largest subpopulation - - -
Generation length (yrs) 5.7 - - -
Population justification: Partners in Flight estimate the total population to number 500,000-4,999,999 individuals (A. Panjabi in litt. 2008).
Trend justification: The population trend is stable in North America (based on BBS/CBC data: Butcher and Niven 2007).

Country/Territory distribution

Country/Territory Occurrence status Presence Breeding Non-breeding Passage Resident
Belize Native Extant       Yes
Costa Rica Native Extant       Yes
Guatemala Native Extant       Yes
Honduras Native Extant       Yes
Mexico Native Extant       Yes
Nicaragua Native Extant       Yes
USA Native Extant Yes      

Important Bird Areas where this species has triggered the IBA criteria

Country/Territory IBA Name IBA link
Belize Belize Coastal and near shore islands site factsheet
Belize Belize Off-shore and Barrier Islands site factsheet
Belize Crooked Tree and associated wetlands site factsheet
Belize Maya Mountains and southern reserves site factsheet
Belize Northeastern Belize site factsheet
Belize Rio Bravo CMA Gallon Jug Estate site factsheet
Costa Rica Nicoya Peninsula site factsheet
Guatemala Candelaria-Campur site factsheet
Guatemala Cerro El Amay site factsheet
Guatemala Chiquibul site factsheet
Guatemala Cuchumatanes site factsheet
Guatemala Cuilco site factsheet
Guatemala Guatemalan Caribbean Slope site factsheet
Guatemala Lachua-Ikbolay site factsheet
Guatemala Maya-Lacandon site factsheet
Guatemala Rio La Pasion site factsheet
Guatemala Sacranix site factsheet
Guatemala Yalijux site factsheet
Honduras Celaque site factsheet
Honduras Cerro Azul Meambar site factsheet
Honduras Comayagua site factsheet
Honduras Cuero y Salado site factsheet
Honduras Cusuco site factsheet
Honduras Güisayote site factsheet
Honduras Islas de la Bahía y Cayos Cochinos site factsheet
Honduras Jeanette Kawas site factsheet
Honduras La Muralla site factsheet
Honduras La Tigra site factsheet
Honduras Montaña de Yoro site factsheet
Honduras Pico Bonito site factsheet
Honduras Sierra de Agalta site factsheet
Honduras Valle de Agalta site factsheet
Nicaragua Apante Hill site factsheet
Nicaragua Arenal Hill site factsheet
Nicaragua Bosawas site factsheet
Nicaragua Chocoyero - El Brujo - Montibelli and adjacent landscape site factsheet
Nicaragua Cosiguina Volcano site factsheet
Nicaragua Dipilto-Jalapa Mountain Range site factsheet
Nicaragua Domitila site factsheet
Nicaragua Juan Venado Island site factsheet
Nicaragua Maderas Volcano site factsheet
Nicaragua Miraflor site factsheet
Nicaragua Momotombo Volcanic Complex site factsheet
Nicaragua Peñas Blancas Massif site factsheet
Nicaragua Quirragua Mountains and adjacent landscape site factsheet
Nicaragua San Cristóbal-Casita-Chonco Volcanic Complex site factsheet
Nicaragua Silva Hill site factsheet
Nicaragua Tisma Lagoon site factsheet

Habitats & altitude

Habitat (level 1) Habitat (level 2) Importance Occurrence
Artificial/Terrestrial Subtropical/Tropical Heavily Degraded Former Forest suitable resident
Forest Subtropical/Tropical Mangrove Vegetation Above High Tide Level suitable resident
Forest Subtropical/Tropical Moist Lowland suitable resident
Shrubland Subtropical/Tropical Dry major resident
Shrubland Subtropical/Tropical Moist major resident
Altitude 0 - 1850 m Occasional altitudinal limits  

Utilisation

Purpose Primary form used Life stage used Source Scale Level Timing
Food (human) Whole Adults and juveniles Wild Subsistence, National Non-trivial Recent
Pets Whole Adults and juveniles Wild International Trivial Recent

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2014) Species factsheet: Ortalis vetula. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 22/12/2014. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2014) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 22/12/2014.

This information is based upon, and updates, the information published in BirdLife International (2000) Threatened birds of the world. Barcelona and Cambridge, UK: Lynx Edicions and BirdLife International, BirdLife International (2004) Threatened birds of the world 2004 CD-ROM and BirdLife International (2008) Threatened birds of the world 2008 CD-ROM. These sources provide the information for species accounts for the birds on the IUCN Red List.

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Key facts
Current IUCN Red List category Least Concern
Family Cracidae (Guans, Chachalacas, Curassows)
Species name author (Wagler, 1830)
Population size mature individuals
Population trend Stable
Distribution size (breeding/resident) 603,000 km2
Country endemic? No
Links to further information
- Summary information on this species