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Little Tinamou Crypturellus soui

Tshering Dema L, Marîa Félix Ramos-Ordoñez, R. Bribiesca-Formisano, Claudia I. Rodríguez-Flores, Carlos A. Soberanes-González, and Marîa del Coro Arizmendi
Version: 1.0 — Published July 29, 2011



The breeding season of Little Tinamou varies regionally. Breeds year round in Costa Rica (although with peaks in February and in September; Skutch 1963) and in Trinidad (Snow and Snow 1964); April-July and December-January in Suriname (Haverschmidt 1968).

The nest is placed directly on fallen leaves amid dense thickety concealing vegetation. The clutch is usually 2, but occasionally is only 1 (Skutch 1963). The eggs are glossy and purplish drab. Incubation lasts at least 16 days (Skutch 1963). Only a single parent incubates. Hatchlings leave the nest less than one day after hatching (Skutch 1963). Chicks are hatched with brown down (Skutch 1963).

Recommended Citation

Dema L, T., M. F. Ramos-Ordoñez, R. Bribiesca-Formisano, C. I. Rodríguez-Flores, C. A. Soberanes-González, and M. d. C. Arizmendi (2011). Little Tinamou (Crypturellus soui), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/nb.littin1.01