Black-capped Tinamou Crypturellus atrocapillus


Well-named for its blackish crown, which contrasts with the rufous throat and the dull brown mantle, Black-capped Tinamou is found from southeastern Peru to northern Bolivia, and has recently been discovered in adjacent western Brazil. Females are much more prominently barred above, and both sexes have bright red legs. Black-capped Tinamou is locally common in riverine and other forested areas, as well as in dense second growth, and has been recorded to at least 1000 m in the foothills of the Andes. The song is a loud and explosive QUEEWAH!, which may be given throughout the day, and is given at intervals of just over a minute.

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Recommended Citation

Black-capped Tinamou (Crypturellus atrocapillus), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: