Red-legged Tinamou Crypturellus erythropus

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Red-legged Tinamou, which is also known as Red-footed Tinamou in some literature, is widespread across the northern third of South America, where it is distributed over tropical and subtropical zones from north-central Colombia across Venezuela, the Guianas, and northeastern Brazil north of the Amazon. It generally occurs in open forest and thickets, as well as grassland with bushes and trees. Some seven subspecies are usually recognized, some of which might be in serious decline, and one of which is confined to the northeast Venezuelan island, Isla de Margarita. Usually found alone, the Red-legged Tinamou’s territorial vocalization is a fairly clear, three-noted soy-so-la, which has a slightly scolding quality. Little is known about the species’ behavior and breeding.

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  • Year-round
  • Migration
  • Breeding
  • Non-Breeding

Recommended Citation

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