Thicket tinamou

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Thicket tinamou
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Tinamiformes
Family: Tinamidae
Genus: Crypturellus
C. cinnamomeus
Binomial name
Crypturellus cinnamomeus
(Lesson, 1842)[2]

C. c. cinnamomeus
(Lesson, 1842)[2]
C. c. occidentalis
(Salvadori, 1895)[2]
C. c. mexicanus
(Salvadori, 1895)[2]
C. c. sallaei
(Bonaparte, 1856)[2]
C. c. golmani
(Nelson, 1901)[2]
C. c. soconuscensis
(Brodkorb, 1939)[2]
C. c. vicinior
(Conover, 1933)[2]
C. c. delattrii
(Bonaparte, 1854)[2]
C. c. praepes
(Bangs & Peters, 1927)[2]


Tinamus cinnamomeus[3]
Nothura cinnamomeus[3]

The thicket tinamou or rufescent tinamou (Crypturellus cinnamomeus) is a type of tinamou commonly found in moist forests in subtropical and tropical central Mexico.[4]


All tinamou are from the family Tinamidae, and in the larger scheme are also ratites. Unlike other ratites, tinamous can fly, although in general, they are not strong fliers. All ratites evolved from prehistoric flying birds, and tinamous are the closest living relative of these birds.[5]

René-Primevère Lesson identified the thicket tinamou from a specimen from La Unión, El Salvador., in 1842.[5]


The thicket tinamou has many subspecies as follows:


Crypturellus is formed from three Latin or Greek words. kruptos (κρυπτός) meaning covered or hidden, oura meaning tail, and ellus meaning diminutive. Therefore, Crypturellus means small hidden tail.[6]


The thicket tinamou is 27 to 29 cm (11–11 in) in length and weighs 440 g (16 oz).[5] Its upper parts are brown, heavily barred blackish on back, rump and wings. Its lowerparts pale brown, cinnamon on breast, greyer on belly and undertail whitish with dark barring. Its head brown with prominent buff supercilium and well-defined ear covert patch with bill brownish and legs red in color.


The species has a monotonous voice ‘whoo-oo’, sounding like a steam engine. The thicket tinamou can be found in pairs, families or as a solitary bird and, like most tinamous, it prefers to walk than fly.[5]


Like most tinamous, it will eat fruit, seeds and invertebrates.[5]


egg of Crypturellus cinnamomeus - MHNT

Like most tinamous, it will place its nest on the ground alongside raised roots. It will contain around three eggs, but as many as seven, that are glossy and purple in color. This species and the slaty-breasted tinamou will produce hybrids.[5]


This species ranges from Sinaloa, (coastal strip, western Mexico), to Costa Rica, and eastern coastal Mexico, from the United States border into Belize. In the southern part of its range it ventures into the highlands as well.[4]


This species prefers moist lowland forest, gallery forest, deciduous forest, and secondary forest[3] in subtropical and tropical regions, but will be found in shrubland and drier forests up to 1,850 m (6,070 ft) altitude.[5][7]


The IUCN lists this bird as Least Concern,[1] with an occurrence range of 600,000 km2 (230,000 sq mi).[7]


  1. ^ a b BirdLife International (2016). "Crypturellus cinnamomeus". The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN. 2016: e.T61214753A95167291. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-3.RLTS.T61214753A95167291.en. Retrieved 15 January 2018.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Brands, S. (2008)
  3. ^ a b c American Ornithologists' Union (1998)
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Clements, J (2007)
  5. ^ a b c d e f g Davies, S. J. J. F. (2003)
  6. ^ Gotch, A. F. (1195)
  7. ^ a b BirdLand International (2008)

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