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Cracidae

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Chachalacas, Guans
Scientific classification
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Aves
Order:Galliformes
Family:Cracidae
Genera

Ortalis
Penelope
Pipile
Aburria
Chamaepetes
Penelopina
Oreophasis
Nothocrax
Mitu
Crax
Pauxi

The chachalacas, guans and curassows are birds in the family Cracidae.

These are species of tropical and subtropical Central and South America. One species, the Plain Chachalaca, just reaches southernmost Texas in the USA.

These are large birds, similar in general appearance to turkeys. The guans and curassows live in trees, but the smaller chchalacas are found in more open scrubby habitats. They are generally dull-plumaged, but the curassows and some guans have colourful facial ornaments.

These species feed on fruit, insects and worms. The nest is built in a tree, and two to three large white eggs are laid; the female alone incubates.

The Cracidae are an ancient group related to the Australasian mound builders. They are related to other gamebird groups as follows:

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