The Plain Chachalaca (Ortalis vetula) inhabits from South Texas to Honduras and in Costa Rica. It is seen in tropical dry forests, scrubs and savannas, usually in groups. Its size is 56 cm (22 inches) in height and 650 g in weight.
This bird has a small head, long tail and neck, and throat bare red. Head and neck grayish, body and wings dull olive-brown and below paler. Tail blackish with green gloss and feet dull gray. This bird eats seeds, leaves, flowers and fruits (figs, palms, and Sapotaceae).