Undulated Tinamou (Crypturellus undulatus)

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

Age: Adult (undulatus) | Sex: Unknown \ Loc. Madre de Dios, Peru

Age: Adult (undulatus) | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Mato Grosso, Brazil

Age: Adult (yapura) | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Manaus area, Brazil

Age: Adult (yapura?) | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Guyana

Identification & Behavior: ~26 cm (10.2 in). The Undulated Tinamou is brown with various degrees of barring and vermiculation. The sub-species C. u. yapura is olive-brown with shades of gray and buff,  whitish throat and little to no dusky barring.  The sub-species C. u. undulates is brown with  dusky barring on the neck, upperparts and flanks. It is similar to the Bartlett’s Tinamou, but is distinguished by having unmarked upperparts or fine dusky barring. Also, see Brown Tinamou and Little Tinamou.

Status: The Undulated Tinamou is common and has one of the most recognizable vocalizations in the Amazonian lowlands. It favors floodplain forest, varzea forest, and second growth of various ages. It is known to range up to 600 m along the foothill of the Andes. It also occurs in Co, Ec, Br, and Bo.

Name in Spanish: Perdiz Ondulada o Panguana.

Sub-species: Undulated Tinamou (Crypturellus undulatus yapura) Spix, 1825. E Ecuador, E Peru, NW Brazil; (C. u. undulatus) Temminck, 1815. SE Peru to N Argentina.

Meaning of Name: Crypturellus: Gr. kruptus= hidden, concealed and oura= tail. undulates: L. with waves, wavy, wave.

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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.  http://fm2.fieldmuseum.org/uw_test/birdsofperu on 01/01/2015.