Black-capped Tinamou (Crypturellus atrocapillus)

Order: Tinamiformes | Family: Tinamidae  | IUCN Status: Near Threatened

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Madre de Dios, Peru

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Madre de Dios, Peru

Age: Adult  | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Madre de Dios, Peru

Identification & Behavior: ~29 cm (11.4 in). The Black-capped Tinamou has a dusky head, neck, and upper breast with a tawny throat. The rest of the underparts is reddish brown. Males have barred dusky and brown upperparts. Females are similar but have duller colors. It is distinguished from the similar Bartlett’s Tinamou, and Undulated Tinamou by the dusky breast and bright red legs.

Status: The Black-capped Tinamou is common in Southeast Peru where it favors Varzea Forest and second growth of various ages. It is known to range at elevations up to 1000 m along the foothill of the eastern Andes. It also occurs in Br and Bo.

Name in Spanish: Perdiz de Gorro Negro.

Sub-species: Black-capped Tinamou (Crypturellus atrocapillus atrocapillus) Tschudi, 1844.

Meaning of Name: Crypturellus: Gr. kruptus= hidden, concealed and oura= tail. atrocapillus: L. Ater= dark, black and capillus= hair of the head or dark hair.

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Distribution Map


    • Species range based on: Schulenberg, T. S., D. F. Stotz, and L. Rico. 2006. Distribution maps of the birds of Peru, version 1.0. Environment, Culture & Conservation (ECCo). The Field Museum. on 01/01/2015.