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Elegant Crested Tinamou

Eudromia elegans

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About the Elegant Crested Tinamou

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Class: Aves
Order: Struthioniformes
Family: Tinamidae
Genus: Eudromia
Species: elegans

The elegant crested tinamou is a dull grey-colored bird with a dark streaking pattern in its plumage and a long crest with an upward pointing tip. These compact birds have short wings and slender heads. They’re not skilled at flying and can only sustain flight for short bursts; they typically prefer to run or hide to escape predators.

Elegant Crested Tinamou Facts

Appearance:
The elegant crested tinamou is a dull grey-colored bird with a dark streaking pattern in its plumage and a long crest with an upward pointing tip. These compact birds have short wings and slender heads. They have three strong forward-facing toes, and they lack a hind toe typically found on other birds.

Size:

  • Weight: 0.9-1.6 pounds
  • Length: 15-16 inches

Diet:
This species is omnivorous and forages on the ground for seeds, shoots, leaves, fruits and insects.

Mating/Reproduction:
The breeding season of the elegant crested tinamou takes place from July to November, with most egg laying occurring in October. Males build nests and perform a mating call, and multiple females mate with multiple males. She then deposits her eggs in the males’ nests. Females often lay up to 40 eggs per season spread out over multiple nests. Males incubate up to nine eggs for 20 days, and chicks leave the nest within a day. They reach sexual maturity in a year. 

Behavior:
These birds travel in small groups of six to 30 individuals, but multiple groups can come together to form a group of over 50 individuals. During the winter months, these groups will travel great distances to find food. During times when food is plentiful, they stick to a smaller area. They’re not skilled at flying and can only sustain flight for short bursts; they typically prefer to run or hide to escape predators.

Habitat/Range:
The elegant crested tinamou prefers dry grasslands and open forests. They are ground- dwelling birds, but their habitats can range from varying elevations from sea level up to 1.5 miles above sea level. 

Median Life Expectancy:
Lack of data from individuals in the wild.