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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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The breeding season of Thicket Tinamou in Mexico extends from late March or early April to late July or August (Sutton and Burleigh 1940, Leopold 1959); laying females are reported from El Salvador from early April to early August (Dickey and van Rossem 1938); and similarly breeding in Costa Rica is March-August (Stiles and Skutch 1989).

The nest is a scrape or hollow on the ground, and usually is sheltered by fallen branches or other cover (Sutton and Burleigh 1940). The clutch is 3 to 7 eggs, averaging about 5 (Dickey and van Rossem 1938, Sutton and Burleigh 1940, Leopold 1959). The eggs are light purplish red (Dickey and van Rossem 1938) or pale tan (Sutton and Burleigh 1940), glossy, and unmarked. Mean egg dimensions are ca 45 by 35 mm (Leopold 1959). The male incubates (Sutton and Burleigh 1940). The length of incubation is 16 days (Cabot 1992). The young become independent at about 20 days of age (Cabot 1992).

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