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Elegant crested tinamou
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Tinamiformes
Family: Tinamidae
Subfamily: Nothurinae
Genus: Eudromia
I. Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire, 1832

Eudromia elegans
Elegant crested tinamou
Eudromia formosa
Quebracho crested tinamou

Eudromia is a genus of birds in the tinamou family. This genus comprises two crested members of this South American family.


Eudromia comes from two Greek words, eu meaning well or nicely, and dromos meaning a running escape. These definitions together mean, nice running escape, which refers to their habit of escaping predators by running.[1]


Tinamous are paleognaths related to the flightless ratites. They are probably close in appearance to the flying ancestors of the ratites. Unlike other ratites, tinamous can fly, although in general, they are not strong fliers.[2]

This genus has a mere 2 species, but the elegant crested tinamou has diversified into a considerable number of subspecies:

The species are:[3][4]


  1. ^ Gotch, A. F. (1995)
  2. ^ Davies, S. J. J. F. (2003)
  3. ^ Mikko's Phylogeny Archive [1] Haaramo, Mikko (2007). "Tinamiformes - tinamous". Retrieved 30 December 2015. 
  4. ^ (net, info) "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-01-11. Retrieved 2015-12-30. . "Taxonomic lists- Aves". Archived from the original on 11 January 2016. Retrieved 30 December 2015. 
  5. ^ Description de deux nouvelles espèces d'oiseaux de la Républic Argentine: un perroquet du genre Cyanolyseus et un tinamou du genre Calopezus. R Dabbene and M Lillo, 1913
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n Clements, J. (2007)


  • Brands, Sheila (Aug 14, 2008). "Systema Naturae 2000 / Classification, Genus Eudromia". Project: The Taxonomicon. Retrieved 12 Feb 2009. 
  • Clements, James (2007). The Clements Checklist of the Birds of the World (6 ed.). Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press. ISBN 978-0-8014-4501-9. 
  • Davies, S.J.J.F. (2003). "Tinamous". In Hutchins, Michael. Grzimek's Animal Life Encyclopedia. 8 Birds I Tinamous and Ratites to Hoatzins (2 ed.). Farmington Hills, MI: Gale Group. pp. 57–59. ISBN 0-7876-5784-0. 
  • Gotch, A. F. (1995) [1979]. "Tinamous". Latin Names Explained. A Guide to the Scientific Classifications of Reptiles, Birds & Mammals. New York, NY: Facts on File. p. 183. ISBN 0-8160-3377-3. 

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