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Red-winged Tinamou Rhynchotus rufescens


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 are recognized: nominate rufescens of Peru, Bolivia, Paraguay, southeastern Brazil, and northern Argentina; catingae of central and northeastern Brazil; and pallescens of central and northern Argentina. Though hunting pressure and habitat loss due to burning have contributed to declines in population, Red-winged Tinamou is still generally abundant over its large geographic range.

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Recommended Citation

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