chachalaca

chachalaca

[chah-chuh-lah-kuh; Spanish chah-chah-lah-kah]
noun, plural chachalacas [chah-chuh-lah-kuhz; Spanish chah-chah-lah-kahs] .
any of several slender guans of the genus Ortalis, of Central America, Mexico, and southern Texas, having loud, harsh cries.

Origin:
1850–55, Americanism; < Mexican Spanish < Nahuatl: to chatter, especially of birds; compare Nahuatl chachalacametl the chachalaca

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chachalaca

noun
slender arboreal guan resembling a wild turkey; native to Central America and Mexico; highly regarded as game birds 
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