Small-billed Tinamou Crypturellus parvirostris


The smallest member of the genus Crypturellus, Small-billed Tinamou is a widely distributed bird of savanna habitats, including cultivated fields, which is found across much of the interior of Brazil, as far as southeast Peru (where it is very local), as well as into northern Bolivia, Paraguay, and northeast Argentina. Small-billed Tinamou is extremely similar to Tataupa Tinamou (Crypturellus tataupa), but is smaller with a stubbier bill, and a shorter tarsus, both of which are pale red. Plumage differences between these two species are slight and even less easily divined in the field. Compared to many tinamous, this species is relatively well known, although the only robust breeding data are from studies made in captivity, wherein Small-billed Tinamou lays 4–5 pale olivaceous-chocolate eggs which are incubated for 19 days.

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Recommended Citation

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