Black-capped tinamou

Black-capped tinamou

Black-capped tinamou

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Crypturellus atrocapillus

The black-capped tinamou (Crypturellus atrocapillus ) is a type of tinamou commonly found in the moist forest lowlands in subtropical and tropical regions.

Animal name origin

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.


The black-capped tinamou is approximately 28 to 30 cm (11–12 in) in length. Its upper-parts are brown, mottled and barred blackish, throat and neck are rufescent, breast is dark grey, and the remainder of underparts are cinnamon to buff. Its cap is blackish and legs could be pale red or bright red. The females are more heavily barred above.



Biogeographical realms

It is found in moist forest lowlands in subtropical and tropical regions up to 900 m (3,000 ft) altitude. This species is native to southeastern Peru and northern Bolivia. Has recently been recorded in Brazil.

Black-capped tinamou habitat map
Black-capped tinamou habitat map
Black-capped tinamou
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Habits and Lifestyle

Like other tinamous, the black-capped 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.

Seasonal behavior
Bird's call



It has an estimated global extent of occurrence of 120,000 km2 (46,000 sq mi). It is rated as least concern status by the IUCN


1. Black-capped tinamou Wikipedia article -
2. Black-capped tinamou on The IUCN Red List site -
3. Xeno-canto bird call -

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