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Thicket Tinamou Crypturellus cinnamomeus

Vitor Gomes, R. Bribiesca-Formisano, Robert A. Behrstock, Claudia I. Rodríguez-Flores, Carlos A. Soberanes-González, and Marîa del Coro Arizmendi
Version: 1.0 — Published March 7, 2014


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Thicket Tinamou forages on the ground. They do not scratch the ground in search of food (as do gallinaceous birds), but instead sort through the leaf litter with the bill (Leopold 1959). As is typical of most species of forest-inhabiting tinamous, this tinamou is secretive and rarely seen. This species is reluctant to fly, and usually retreats by walking or running away.


Thicket Tinamou responds to imitations of the song (Leopold 1959), which perhaps represents a territorial response. There are no published data on territorial maintenance or home range size for Thicket Tinamou. Leopold (1959) reported an estimated density of 7 pairs/100 ha in northeastern Mexico, based on the number of birds (presumed males) heard singing.

Sexual Behavior

Undescribed for Thicket Tinamou. From what is known of the breeding system of other species, "the general rule among tinamous is simultaneous polygyny for males and sequential polyandry for females" (Cabot 1992).

Social and interspecific behavior

Thicket Tinamou usually is solitary, but may be seen in pairs during the breeding season (Leopold 1959).


There are no reports of predation on Thicket Tinamou (?), but it is presumably preyed upon by a range of mammals, hawks, and owls (Leopold 1959).

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. https://doi.org/10.2173/nb.thitin1.01