Thicket Tinamou Crypturellus cinnamomeus

  • Order: Tinamiformes
  • Family: Tinamidae
  • Polytypic: 9 subspecies
  • Authors: Vitor Gomes, R. Bribiesca-Formisano, Robert A. Behrstock, Claudia I. Rodríguez-Flores, Carlos A. Soberanes-González, and Marîa del Coro Arizmendi


  • Year-round
  • Migration
  • Breeding
  • Non-Breeding
Distribution of the Thicket Tinamou
eBird range map for Thicket Tinamou

Generated from eBird observations (Year-Round, 1900-present)

Distribution in the Americas

Thicket Tinamou is the northernmost species of tinamou, and occurs from northern Mexico south to Costa Rica. There is an isolated population (occidentalis) on the Pacific slope of Mexico, from Sinaloa south to Guerrero. Thicket Tinamou occurs north to central Tamualipas in northeastern Mexico; it occurs south along the Atlantic slope to southeastern Mexico, the Yucatan Peninsula, northern Guatemala, and northern Belize. In southern Mexico the distribution crosses to the Pacific slope, and it occurs south along the Pacific slope to western Costa Rica.

The elevational range of Thicket Tinamou is from the lowlands up to 1800 m in Mexico (Howell and Webb 1995), and to 1000 m in Costa Rica (Stiles and Skutch 1989).

Distribution outside the Americas

Endemic to the Americas.


Thicket Tinamou occurs on the ground in tropical deciduous forests, second growth, thickets, and forest edge (Leopold 1959, Stiles and Skutch 1989, Howell and Webb 1995).

Historical changes

None reported.

Fossil history

None reported.

Recommended Citation

Gomes, V., R. Bribiesca-Formisano, R. A. Behrstock, C. I. Rodríguez-Flores, C. A. Soberanes-González, and M. d. C. Arizmendi (2014). Thicket Tinamou (Crypturellus cinnamomeus), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.