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

Sounds and Vocal Behavior


The song of Thicket Tinamou is described as "a mellow, slightly quavering [whistle] Whoo-ee-you!" (Sutton 1951); as "a resonant, hollow, whistled tuuuuu, often with a quaver in the middle, lasting nearly a second" (Stiles and Skutch 1989); and as "a loud, clear, hollow, fairly abrupt, 2-3 syllable whistle: hoo-oo op or hoo-oo-oo or hoo oo-oop'" (Howell and Webb 1995).

For a representative audio recording with sonogram, see audio

There may be some geographic variation in this song. The song of occidentalis, for example, frequently is upslurred at the end (Howell and Webb 1995).

Additional audio recordings of vocalizations of Thicket Tinamou can be heard at Macaulay Library, at xeno-canto, and at Internet Bird Collection.

Nonvocal Sounds

The wings whirr noisily in flight when this tinamou is flushed at close range (Sutton 1951).

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.