Great Tinamou (Tinamus major)

Order: Tinamiformes | Family: Tinamidae  | IUCN Status: Least Concern

Age: Adult|Sex: Unknown | Loc. Unknown

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Amazonia, Ecuador

Age: Adult  | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Southeast Peru

Age: Adult  |Sex: Unknown | Loc. Northeast Peru

Identification & Behavior: ~40.5 cm  (16 in). The Great Tinamou is mostly brown with the back and wings finely wavy-barred blackish. Most of the underparts are plain brownish with the thigh and vent areas barred blackish. The neck and part of the head are rufous with fine dusky specks. It is similar, in shape and color structure, to the Gray Tinamou, which appears to be a gray and dusky version of the Great Tinamou. Also, see the White-throated Tinamou.

Status: The Great Tinamou is the most common and widespread of the large Amazonian tinamous. It favors river floodplain and varzea forests and it is known to range up to 800 m along the foothill of the Andes. It also occurs in Co, Ec, Br, and Bo.

Name in Spanish: Perdiz Grande.

Sub-species: Great Tinamou (Tinamus major peruvianus) Bonaparte, 1856.

Meaning of Name: Tinamus: Tinamu (Galibi) Cayenne Language. Native name for this type of bird. major: L. Largest one.

See more of the Family Tinamidae   peru aves

Distribution Map
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    • 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.