Tataupa tinamou

Tataupa tinamou

Tataupa tinamou

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Crypturellus tataupa

The Tataupa tinamou (Crypturellus tataupa ) is a type of tinamou commonly found in dry forest in subtropical and tropical regions in southeastern South America.

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.
  • Tataupa is a Guarani term, referring to the bird's ashy-colored plumage.


The tataupa tinamou is approximately 25 cm (9.8 in) in length. Its upper parts are dark brown, with a dark brown crown, a pale grey throat. It has darker grey on the sides of its head, neck, and breast, with a bu belly buff. Its bill and legs are purplish red.



The Tataupa tinamou prefers dry forest up to 1,400 m (4,600 ft) altitude. It may also be found in lowland moist forest and degraded former forest habitats. This species is native to northeastern Brazil, eastern Bolivia, northern Argentina, Paraguay and western Peru in South America. It also has been sighted in extreme southern Ecuador.

Tataupa tinamou habitat map


Tataupa tinamou habitat map
Tataupa tinamou
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Habits and Lifestyle

Like other tinamous, the tataupa 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.

Seasonal behavior
Bird's call

Diet and Nutrition



The IUCN classifies this tinamou as Least Concern, with an occurrence range of 4,900,000 km2 (1,900,000 sq mi).


1. Tataupa tinamou Wikipedia article - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tataupa_tinamou
2. Tataupa tinamou on The IUCN Red List site - https://www.iucnredlist.org/species/22678238/130022788
3. Xeno-canto bird call - https://xeno-canto.org/696968

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