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Gray Tinamou

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Subspecies kleeiPhoto © by Stanley JonesCabañas Copalinga, Zamora-Chinchipe Province, Ecuador, November 2014
Subspecies kleei
Photo © by Stanley Jones
Cabañas Copalinga, Zamora-Chinchipe Province, Ecuador, November 2014
Tinamus tao


[edit] Identification

42·5–49 cm
A large greyish tinamou, grey above, finely speckled or barred with black, olive-grey vermiculated with black below and undertail cinnamon. Head and neck blackish with white spotting on neck and white throat.

[edit] Distribution

South America: resident from north and west Colombia, Venezuela and Guyana south to eastern Ecuador, eastern Peru, Bolivia and central Brazil.

[edit] Taxonomy

[edit] Subspecies

There are 4 subspecies[1]:

  • T. t. larensis:
  • T. t. kleei:
  • T. t. septentrionalis:
  • North-eastern Venezuela and possibly north-western Guyana
  • T. t. tao:
  • North-central Brazil to borders of eastern Peru and Bolivia

[edit] Habitat

Humid rainforest, cloud forest and dense scrub up to 1900m.

[edit] Behaviour

Very secretive and difficult to see, rarely flies when disturbed, usually slipping away unnoticed into cover.

[edit] Diet

Their diet consists mostly of seeds, with the addition of fruit, vertebrates, molluscs and insects.

[edit] Vocalisation

A loud, high-pitched trill, usually uttered at dusk.

[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2014. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: Version 6.9., with updates to August 2014. Downloaded from
  2. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved May 2014)

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