Red-winged Tinamou Rhynchotus rufescens

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The Red-winged Tinamou is a stocky tinamou of marshes, grasslands, and agricultural areas in central South America east of the Andes. It is round-bodied, with black barring on dull brown wings and back, a ruddy-colored head, dark crown, and a thick, slightly decurved bill. Three subspecies exist: the nominate R. r. rufescens of Peru, Bolivia, Paraguay, southeastern Brazil, and northern Argentina; R. r. catingae of central and northeastern Brazil; and R. r. pallescens of central and northern Argentina. Though hunting pressure and habitat loss due to burning have contributed to declines in population, the Red-winged Tinamou is still generally abundant over its large geographic range.

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

Recommended Citation

Red-winged Tinamou (Rhynchotus rufescens), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, New York, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: