Tinamidae – Tinamous

Spotted Nothura (Nothura maculosa) ©©ArthurGrosset

Spotted Nothura (Nothura maculosa) ©©ArthurGrosset

I know every bird of the mountains, And everything that moves in the field is Mine. (Psalms 50:11 NASB)

CLASS – AVES, Order – TINAMIFORMES, Family – Tinamidae – Tinamous

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Species (46)

Grey Tinamou (Tinamus tao)
Solitary Tinamou (Tinamus solitarius)
Black Tinamou (Tinamus osgoodi)
Great Tinamou (Tinamus major)
White-throated Tinamou (Tinamus guttatus)
Highland Tinamou (Nothocercus bonapartei)
Tawny-breasted Tinamou (Nothocercus julius)
Hooded Tinamou (Nothocercus nigrocapillus)
Berlepsch’s Tinamou (Crypturellus berlepschi)
Cinereous Tinamou (Crypturellus cinereus)
Little Tinamou (Crypturellus soui)
Tepui Tinamou (Crypturellus ptaritepui)
Brown Tinamou (Crypturellus obsoletus)
Undulated Tinamou (Crypturellus undulatus)
Pale-browed Tinamou (Crypturellus transfasciatus)
Brazilian Tinamou (Crypturellus strigulosus)
Grey-legged Tinamou (Crypturellus duidae)
Red-legged Tinamou (Crypturellus erythropus)
Yellow-legged Tinamou (Crypturellus noctivagus)
Black-capped Tinamou (Crypturellus atrocapillus)
Thicket Tinamou (Crypturellus cinnamomeus)
Slaty-breasted Tinamou (Crypturellus boucardi)
Choco Tinamou (Crypturellus kerriae)
Variegated Tinamou (Crypturellus variegatus)
Rusty Tinamou (Crypturellus brevirostris)
Bartlett’s Tinamou (Crypturellus bartletti)
Small-billed Tinamou (Crypturellus parvirostris)
Barred Tinamou (Crypturellus casiquiare)
Tataupa Tinamou (Crypturellus tataupa)
Red-winged Tinamou (Rhynchotus rufescens)
Huayco Tinamou (Rhynchotus maculicollis)
Taczanowski’s Tinamou (Nothoprocta taczanowskii)
Ornate Tinamou (Nothoprocta ornata)
Chilean Tinamou (Nothoprocta perdicaria)
Brushland Tinamou (Nothoprocta cinerascens)
Andean Tinamou (Nothoprocta pentlandii)
Curve-billed Tinamou (Nothoprocta curvirostris)
White-bellied Nothura (Nothura boraquira)
Lesser Nothura (Nothura minor)
Darwin’s Nothura (Nothura darwinii)
Spotted Nothura (Nothura maculosa)
Dwarf Tinamou (Taoniscus nanus)
Elegant Crested Tinamou (Eudromia elegans)
Quebracho Crested Tinamou (Eudromia formosa)
Puna Tinamou (Tinamotis pentlandii)
Patagonian Tinamou (Tinamotis ingoufi)


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Tinamous are slender and compact birds with a small head and a short, slender bill that is downward curving. The smallest species, the Dwarf Tinamou, is about 43 g (1.5 oz) and 20 cm (7.9 in) long. The largest tinamou, the Gray Tinamou, weighs 2.3 kg (5.1 lb) and measures up to 53 cm (21 in) long. They have very small wings, but unlike other ratites, they can fly, albeit poorly. They have three forward-facing toes and fourth hind toe is higher and either retrogressed or absent. Their tail is short and sometimes hidden behind coverts and some tinamous have crests. Unlike other ratites, they have a preen gland. Plumage does not usually differ between sexes, but in a few species females are brighter.

Tinamous mainly eat small fruits and seeds off the ground or off of plants that are near the ground. They can jump 10 cm (3.9 in) to reach their food. They also will eat buds, blossoms, tender leaves and roots, insects and their larvae, worms, and mollusks. Small animals are eaten whole, whereas larger ones will be beaten against the ground or pecked. They use their bill and not their feet to sift through leaf litter and will even use it to sift through soil 2–3 cm (0.8–1.2 in) deep. (Wikipedia)

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