Neotropical Birds logo
Version 1.0

This is a historic version of this account.  Current version

 - Choco Tinamou
 - Choco Tinamou

Choco Tinamou Crypturellus kerriae

Vitor Gomes
Version: 1.0 — Published March 27, 2015

Sign in to see your badges


Choco Tinamou is found in dense tropical forest at 300–1500 m in extreme southeastern Panama and northwestern Colombia, a region that still is visited only infrequently by ornithologists. As a result, this relatively small, black headed tinamou remains very poorly known, and virtually nothing has been published concerning its natural history. Some authors have suggested that this species is best classified as an isolated subspecies of Slaty-breasted Tinamou (Crypturellus boucardi). Compared to Choco Tinamou, Little Tinamou (Crypturellus soui) is smaller and has grayish legs, while Berlepsch’s Tinamou (Crypturellus berlepschi) is larger and blackish. The voice of Choco Tinamou is described as a low-pitched, faint, mournful, three-note whistle. BirdLife International currently considers this tinamou to be globally threatened based on its small range and presumably declining population.

Distribution of the Choco Tinamou - Range Map
  • Year-round
  • Migration
  • Breeding
  • Non-Breeding
Distribution of the Choco Tinamou

Recommended Citation

Gomes, V. (2015). Choco Tinamou (Crypturellus kerriae), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/nb.chotin1.01