Little Tinamou (Crypturellus soui)

Order: Tinamiformes | Family: Tinamidae  | IUCN Status: Least Concernlittle_tinamou
Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Madre de Dios, Peru

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Amazonas, Peru

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown |Loc. Amazonian Colombia

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Mato Grosso, Brasil

Identification & Behavior: ~22 cm (9 in). Males Little Tinamou have a dusky head and whitish throat. The upperparts are dusky brown and the underparts richer brown.  Females are a dull version of the males. It favors forest edges, second growth, and old stages of transitional river created habitats. It uses similar habitat as those favored by Undulated Tinamou, Cinereous Tinamou, and Bartlett’s Tinamou. The also similar but larger Brown Tinamou generally ranges at higher elevations and has a buffy vent and undertail coverts scaled with black.

Status: The Little Tinamou is common in the Amazonian Lowlands and it is known to range up to 1350 m along the foothill of the Andes. It also occurs in the semi-deciduous forest of extreme northwest Peru in the  Department of Tumbes where it generally ranges below 750 m. It also occurs in Co, Ec, Br, Bo.

Name in Spanish: Perdiz Chica.

Sub-species: Little Tinamou (Crypturellus soui nigriceps) Chapman, 1923. E Ecuador, NE Peru. Also (C. s. inconspicuus) Carriker, 1935. C & E Peru to E Bolivia;  and (C. s. harterti) Brabourne & Chubb, 1914.  W Ecuador and W Peru.

Meaning of Name: Crypturellus: Gr. kruptus= hidden, concealed and oura= tail. soui: Amerindian onomatopoeic name for this bird.

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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.