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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

Diet and Foraging


Little Tinamous glean seeds, berries, insects, and the occasional small vertebrate (small frogs) from the ground (Skutch 1963, Wetmore 1965, Stiles and Skutch 1989). Seeds identified in stomach contents include Panicum, Paspalum, Scleria, Amaranthus, a spurge, oxalis, mallow, grape, passionflower, Styrax, and Solanum (Wetmore 1965). Insects in the diet include roaches, ants, termites, beetles, a bug (heteropteran), and larvae of butterflies and moths (Wetmore 1965, Cabot 1992). Stomachs also contain grit (up to 20% of stomach contents).

Foraging Behavior

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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.