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Fauther wrote: A family of Chachalacas beds down next to a young Turks Cap in our back yard. A baby Chachalaca is nearby, bedded down in the shade. We've lived here going on 40 years and we've always had these "jurassic" looking birds in the neighborhood. This area is called "old" McAllen. There is alot of established, lush vegetation, unlike the newer subdivisions. We once entertained the idea of buying a new home in a new part of town, but when we saw the starkness, the bareness of it all, we decided to stay in our home that was built in the 40's. We're staying. We've never lived anywhere else since married.