If you want to hear a very loud bird you need to hear the chachalaca! The sounds of the chachalaca can be almost deafening. It has a harsh, ringing tone and can be heard for a great distance.


Dr. Arthur Allen, a famed ornithologist, once described their sounds as raucous cries of "keep-it-up, keep-it-up," followed by a lower "cut-it-out, cut-it-out." While annoying to some, others enjoy their sounds. Everyone agrees the chachalacas are sometimes highly vocal.