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SPECIES INFO

The Brazilian Tinamou, Crypturellus strigulosus, is a type of Tinamou found in lowland moist forest in subtropical and tropical regions of Amazonian South America.

Etymology

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.

Taxonomy

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.

Description

The Brazilian Tinamou is approximately 28 cm (11 in) in length. It has reddish-brown upper parts, rufous throat, grey breast, whitish belly, and brown legs. The female has a distinct black barring and is ochraceous on its upper parts.

Behavior

Like other Tinamous, the Brazilian Tinamou eats fruit off the ground or low-lying bushes. They also eat small amounts of invertebrates, flower buds, tender leaves, seeds, and roots. The male incubates the eggs which may come from as many as 4 different females, and then will raise them until they are ready to be on their own, usually 2-3 weeks. The nest is located on the ground in dense brush or between raised root buttresses.

Range and habitat

The Brazilian Tinamou lives in tropical or sub-tropical lowland moist forest up to 500 m (1,600 ft). This species is native to northwestern Bolivia, southern Amazonian Brazil and eastern Peru.

Conservation

The IUCN list this bird as Least Concern, with an occurrence range of 2,600,000 km2 (1,000,000 sq mi).





                                     



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