Tataupa Tinamou (Crypturellus tataupa)

Tataupa Tinamou

[order] TINAMIFORMES | [family] Tinamidae | [latin] Crypturellus tataupa | [authority] Temminck, 1815 | [UK] Tataupa Tinamou | [FR] Tinamou tataupa | [DE] Tataupatinamu | [ES] Tataupa Comun, Ynambu/Tinamu Tataupa | [NL] Tataupa-tinamoe


Monotypic species


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 Tataupa Tinamou is approximately 25 cm 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.

Listen to the sound of Tataupa Tinamou

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

Copyright remark: Most sounds derived from xeno-canto

wingspan min.: 0 cm wingspan max.: 0 cm
size min.: 24 cm size max.: 27 cm
incubation min.: 18 days incubation max.: 20 days
fledging min.: 0 days fledging max.: 0 days
broods: 0   eggs min.: 4  
      eggs max.: 5  


South America : East, Southeast, Southcentral. This species is native to northeastern Brazil, eastern Bolivia, northern Argentina, Paraguay and western Peru in South America


Tropical and subtropical forest, dense wet gulleys, near forest edges. SOmetimes in grassy area and scrub.


No much is known, lays 4-5 grey to brown eggs. Incubated for about 19 days.

Feeding habits

Ants and gastropods, seeds and plant matter.

Video Tataupa Tinamou


copyright: Alex Garcia


This species has an extremely 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). 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.
Tataupa Tinamou status Least Concern


Sedentary in all of its range, but not well known

Distribution map

Tataupa Tinamou distribution range map

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