Family Tinamous (Tinamidae)

Least Concern

Berlepsch's Tinamou (Crypturellus berlepschi)


French: Tinamou de Berlepsch German: Berlepschtinamu Spanish: Tinamú tizón

Crypturus berlepschi


, 1897,

Esmeraldas, Ecuador


Formerly considered a race of C. cinereus, but separated on basis of ratio of toe and tarsus lengths, longer, heavier bill and conspicuous differences in coloration; the two are sister-species#R. Monotypic.


NW Colombia (Antioquia) S, W of Andes, to NW Ecuador (Esmeraldas).

Descriptive notes

29·6–32 cm; male 430–527 g, female 512–615 g. Very dark overall. Head and neck are dull black, rest of plumage dark sooty brown to brownish-black... read more


Song a simple, slightly inflected, rather piercing whistle, repeated at short intervals; higher-... read more


Primary wet tropical forest; found also in fairly mature secondary forest. Coastal lowlands and... read more

Food and feeding

No information available.


Very little known. Breeding recorded in Feb in Colombia.


Presumably sedentary.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Apparently quite common locally in Colombia; rare to locally uncommon in Ecuador. In Ecuador almost confined to Esmeraldas, but... read more

Recommended citation

Cabot, J., Jutglar, F. & Sharpe, C.J. (2018). Berlepsch's Tinamou (Crypturellus berlepschi). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 22 March 2018).