Quebracho Crested Tinamou (Eudromia formosa)

Quebracho Crested Tinamou

[order] TINAMIFORMES | [family] Tinamidae | [latin] Eudromia formosa | [authority] Lillo, 1905 | [UK] Quebracho Crested Tinamou | [FR] Tinamou superbe | [DE] Schmuck-Steisshuhn | [ES] Martineta Chaquena, Martineta Grande (Arg) | [NL] Quebracho-tinamoe


Monotypic species


Tinamous are paleognaths related to the flightless ratites. They are probably close in appearance to the flying ancestors of the ratites. Unlike other Ratites, Tinamous can fly, although in general, they are not strong fliers. Eudromia is a genus of birds in the tinamou family. This genus comprises two crested members of this South American family.

Physical charateristics

The Quebracho Crested Tinamou is approximately 39 cm in length. Its upperparts greyish-brown to blackish with a few scattered small white spots. Its lowerparts are pale buffish to whitish and heavily barred with black. Its head has a black crest that is long, thin and straight. It has a dusky stripe behind eye, bordered above and below by white stripes.

Listen to the sound of Quebracho Crested Tinamou

[audio:http://www.planetofbirds.com/MASTER/TINAMIFORMES/Tinamidae/sounds/Quebracho Crested Tinamou.mp3]

Copyright remark: Most sounds derived from xeno-canto

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South America : Paraguay, North Argentina


The Quebracho Crested Tinamou, Eudromia formosa, is a species of tinamou found in dry forest habitats in subtropical and tropical regions up to 500m in altitude. Favours arid and dry land.


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Feeding habits

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Video Quebracho Crested Tinamou


copyright: Fauna Paraguay


This species has a very large range, and hence does not 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). Despite the fact that the population trend appears to be decreasing, the decline is not believed to be sufficiently rapid to 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.
Quebracho Crested Tinamou status Least Concern


Sedentary in all of its range, but not well known

Distribution map

Quebracho Crested Tinamou distribution range map

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