Thursday, May 15, 2008


This attractive critter is a chachalaca. Specifically, this one is called a 'plain' chachalaca. I don't know what a fancy chachalaca would look like. Is that a chachalaca that drives cars instead of buggies, and wears colors and clothes with buttons? Or is that merely an 'English' chachalaca?

Anyway, the chachalaca lives on the U.S. Mexico border, and I only discovered its existence through a Newsweek article about fence-building on the Texas border. Apparently there's a poor soul in Brownsville TX who owns a birdwatching lodge which is about to be cut off from the chachalacas.

I had never heard of a chachalaca before that. I had to look them up.

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