Santa Marta tinamou

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Santa Marta tinamou
Not recognized (IUCN 3.1)[1]
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Tinamiformes
Family: Tinamidae
Genus: Crypturellus
Species: C. erythropus (but see text)
Subspecies: C. erythropus idoneus
Trinomial name
Crypturellus erythropus idoneus
(Todd, 1919)[2]

Crypturellus columbianus (Todd, 1919)[2]

The Santa Marta tinamou, Crypturellus erythropus idoneus, is a sub-species of Tinamou that was recognized as a species by most authorities until 2006. It is found in northern South America.[3]


Crypturellus is formed from three Latin or Greek words. kruptos meaning covered or hidden, oura meaning tail, and ellus meaning diminutive. Therefore, Crypturellus means small hidden tail.[4]


The Santa Marta tinamou is a member of the ratites, a group of flightless birds with the tinamous being the only genus that flies. Up until 2006 they were generally accepted as a separate species; however, that year the SACC rejected a proposal to separate this species out and thus they have now generally been lumped back into the Crypturellus erythropus genus.[5]


They are located in the northwestern portion of Venezuela and northeastern Colombia.[3]


  1. ^ BirdLife International (2008)
  2. ^ a b Brands, S. (2008)
  3. ^ a b Clements, J. (2007)
  4. ^ Gotch, A. F. (1195)
  5. ^ Remsen Jr. J. V. (2006)