Barred Tinamou (Crypturellus casiquiare)

Barred Tinamou

[order] TINAMIFORMES | [family] Tinamidae | [latin] Crypturellus casiquiare | [authority] Chapman, 1929 | [UK] Barred Tinamou | [FR] Tinamou barre | [DE] Bindentinamu | [ES] Tinamu Casiquiare | [NL] Gebandeerde Tinamoe


Genus Species subspecies Region Range
Crypturellus casiquiare SA e Colombia, s Venezuela


The tinamous of the genus Crypturellus are usually notoriously difficult to see. Most species of this family are polygamous, with the smaller males performing the domestic tasks and the eggs are beautifully coloured. Tinamous exhibit exclusive male parental care. This type of care is rarely found in birds and only in tinamous is present in all species of the order. In polygynandrous species, males accumulate eggs from several females in at least two different ways: in some species females form stable groups and cooperate to lay the clutch for a male, sometimes even laying replacement clutches together. In other species, multiple females lay eggs in a nest, but they
do not form associations or travel together before or after being attracted by the male.

Physical charateristics

The Barred Tinamou is approximately 25 cm in length. It is yellowish-buff with heavy bars of black on its back, its throat is white, its front and sides of neck and breast are pale grey, its belly is white, its flanks are cream barred with black, and its head and neck are chestnut in color with legs that are olive-green. The female is paler on back

Listen to the sound of Barred Tinamou

[audio: Tinamou.mp3]

Copyright remark: Most sounds derived from xeno-canto

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size min.: 23 cm size max.: 27 cm
incubation min.: 20 days incubation max.: 25 days
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South America : East Colombia, South Venezuela


Sandy-belt forests of Upper Rio Negro,Rio Orinoco basins;lowlands-300m


No data

Feeding habits

The Barred Tinamou eats fruit off the ground or low-lying bushes. They also eat small amounts of invertebrates, flower buds, tender leaves, seeds, and roots.


Although this species may have a restricted range, it is not believed to approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the range size criterion (Extent of Occurrence <20,000 km2 combined with a declining or fluctuating range size, habitat extent/quality, or population size and a small number of locations or severe fragmentation). The population trend appears to be stable, and hence the species does not approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the population trend criterion (>30% decline over ten years or three generations). The population size has not been quantified, but it is not believed to approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the population size criterion (<10,000 mature individuals with a continuing decline estimated to be >10% in ten years or three generations, or with a specified population structure). For these reasons the species is evaluated as Least Concern.
Barred Tinamou status Least Concern


Sedentary in all of its range, but not well known

Distribution map

Barred Tinamou distribution range map

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