A vocal and conspicuous Chachalaca from the Magdalena & Cauca Valleys that prefers humid and deciduous forests from 300 – 2000m. Family groups survive in small patches of forest and scrubby woodland where they can be seen foraging through the top and medium levels.

This species was placed as a subspecies in the Variable (Speckled) Chachalaca complex (Ortalis motmot) all together with Ortalis guttata (Speckled Chachalaca) of the Orinoco & Amazons.

Can be seen in forested areas surrounding José María Córdova International Airport (serving Medellín at Rionegro), forests near Manizales and Bosque de Yotoco (Cauca Valley) near Buga, among other sites.