Family Tinamous (Tinamidae)

Near Threatened

Black-capped Tinamou (Crypturellus atrocapillus)


French: Tinamou à calotte noire German: Schwarzkappentinamu Spanish: Tinamú capirotado

Crypturus atro-capillus


, 1844,



Has been considered subspecies of C. noctivagus; taxonomy of this group somewhat confused#R. Race garleppi may be a distinct species, on account of its paler grey lower neck, less intense rufous on breast, and browner, buffier-barred upperparts#R; limited evidence suggests a similar but distinctly different call or song, ending (unlike that of atrocapillus) in a high rising note#R. Two subspecies currently recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • C. a. atrocapillus (Tschudi, 1844) – Black-capped Tinamou – SE Peru (N to N Ayacucho and perhaps Junín).
  • C. a. garleppi (Berlepsch, 1892) – Garlepp's Tinamou – extreme W Brazil (Acre) and N Bolivia (N & E La Paz through S Beni to W Santa Cruz, possibly S to Cochabamba).
  • Descriptive notes

    28–31 cm, two males 450 and 455 g. Male nominate race has blackish cap, hindneck and mantle slate-grey to warm brown, sometimes with tiny black vermiculations,... read more


    Short whistle “eeoee”, in Peru described as a loud, abrupt, explosive “weeowit!... read more


    Deciduous tropical forest and várzea; also secondary forest with areas of shrubs... read more

    Food and feeding

    No information available.


    No information available.


    Presumably sedentary.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near Threatened. Little known. Locally common in Peru. Only discovered in Brazil in 1994, but since reported from much... read more

    Recommended citation

    Cabot, J., Christie, D.A., Jutglar, F., Boesman, P. & Sharpe, C.J. (2019). Black-capped Tinamou (Crypturellus atrocapillus). 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 15 November 2019).