Little Chachalaca's (Ortalis motmot) are shy active birds, but whenever you try to approach them, they immediately run/jump into the dense vegetation. This gives us barely the chance to enjoy of their presence. Luckily the third eye, trophy cams, gives us the opportunity to see them act naturally without feeling threatened.
Little Chachalaca's are fowl like birds who are related to Curassows and Guans. They are common active birds who are seen in small groups. Usually pretty active during the mornings and late afternoons.
They eat fruits, seeds and berries. So most likely you can spot them wherever there are fruit/berries in abundance. In Kabalebo I have spotted them many times at the Papaja -, Mango- and the Guava trees.
I was able to take several shots of them, but as you can see they all noticed me too. Seconds later they all went away, looking for cover. They are used to human presence but are also very cautious at the same time. Different is it when they know that no one is watching them or so it seems. This footage was taken at the ocelot feeder during the day. These Little Chachalaca's were enjoying their lunch: a ripe guava. Wonderful to see that they also like to share.
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