Tepui Tinamou (Crypturellus ptaritepui)

Tepui Tinamou

[order] TINAMIFORMES | [family] Tinamidae | [latin] Crypturellus ptaritepui | [authority] Zimmer and Phelps, 1945 | [UK] Tepui Tinamou | [FR] Tinamou des tepuis | [DE] Tepuitinamu | [ES] Tinamu Tepui | [NL] Teptui-tinamoe


Genus Species subspecies Region Range
Crypturellus ptaritepui SA 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 Tepui Tinamou is approximately 27 cm in length. The top of its head and rear of neck are rufous brown, darker on its back, and dusky below with rufous sheen on its upper breast. The sides of its head and throat are grey in color, its upper mandible is black, its lower mandible yellow with black tip, and its legs are olive in color.

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South America : Venezuela


Dense rainforest in higher altitues, 1300-1800 meters up.


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Feeding habits

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Video Tepui Tinamou


copyright: David Ascanio


Although this species may have a small 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.
Tepui Tinamou status Least Concern


Sedentary in all of its range, but not well known

Distribution map

Tepui Tinamou distribution range map

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