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Little Tinamou Crypturellus soui

  • Order: Tinamiformes
  • Family: Tinamidae
  • Polytypic: 14 subspecies
  • Authors: Tshering Dema L, Marîa Félix Ramos-Ordoñez, R. Bribiesca-Formisano, Claudia I. Rodríguez-Flores, Carlos A. Soberanes-González, and Marîa del Coro Arizmendi


Conservation Status

The Little Tinamou is not threatened globally, with an IUCN Red List conservation status rating of Least Concern (BirdLife International 2011). Their global population trends have not been evaluated but are believed to be in good condition. In Mexico it is classified as subject to special protection. The main threat faced by these birds is habitat destruction; however, today many populations are within natural protected areas where the impact can be reduced. There is a need for monitoring to determine the status of populations.

Effects of human activity on populations

Little Tinamous are hunted for food; hunting pressure is described as particularly severe in Panama (Cabot 1992). The Little Tinamou also is at risk from widespread deforestation.

Recommended Citation

Dema L, T., M. F. Ramos-Ordoñez, R. Bribiesca-Formisano, C. I. Rodríguez-Flores, C. A. Soberanes-González, and M. d. C. Arizmendi (2011). Little Tinamou (Crypturellus soui), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.