Here’s another bird that just barely makes it into the U.S., where it resides in the Rio Grand river valley in South Texas — the Chachalaca. They are related to chickens and turkeys, and sort of resemble them in looks and habits, but Chachalacas, and their close cousins the Guans, and Currasows, make up their own tropically distributed family, the Cracidae.
You almost never see just one Chachalaca — they are highly social, and quite happy foraging either on the ground or in trees.
Highly social birds are often highly vocal, and Chachalacas are no exception. Click on the video to hear a sample of their cackling conversation.