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Tepui Tinamou Crypturellus ptaritepui

  • Order: Tinamiformes
  • Family: Tinamidae
  • Monotypic
  • Authors: Vitor Gomes and Guy M. Kirwan
  • © Alfred Raab

Tepui Tinamou, a strict Venezuelan endemic, is unquestionably one of the most poorly known tinamous. To date, it is known solely from three tepuis in southern Bolívar state, where its global range is estimated at just over 400 km2. Its voice only recently has been documented with certainty, and so the species might yet prove to be more widespread than is presently known. This tinamou long was known from just two peaks in the southwest of its currently known distributional range. Much of the small geographic range of this species remains inaccessible, and therefore populations of Tepui Tinamou are not considered to be at risk. Tepui Tinamou inhabits dense subtropical cloud forests at 1350–1800 m, and its life history is virtually wholly unknown. Tepui Tinamou is a mid-sized dark ruddy brown tinamou, without any barring or spotting, but becoming more rufescent over the breast, and has gray cheeks and throat.

Audio needed
  • Year-round
  • Migration
  • Breeding
  • Non-Breeding

Recommended Citation

Gomes, V. and G. M. Kirwan (2014). Tepui Tinamou (Crypturellus ptaritepui), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.