cha·​cha·​la·​ca | \ ˌchächəˈläkə \
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Definition of chachalaca

: any of several large chiefly arboreal guans of Ortalis and related genera that somewhat resemble wild turkeys but are longer legged and have a well-developed feathered crest, that are native to Central America and Mexico with one variety (O. vetula macalli) extending into southern Texas, and that are highly regarded as game birds

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History and Etymology for chachalaca

Spanish, from Nahuatl, twittering of a bird, of imitative origin

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“Chachalaca.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2020.

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