Family Tinamous (Tinamidae)

Least Concern

Cinereous Tinamou (Crypturellus cinereus)


French: Tinamou cendré German: Grautinamu Spanish: Tinamú sombrío

Tetrao cinereus

J. F. Gmelin

, 1789,



Formerly considered conspecific with C. berlepschi. Monotypic.


E Colombia (Meta) E to S Venezuela (W Bolívar and W Amazonas), the Guianas and NC Brazil (N Mato Grosso E to N Maranhão), and S to NC Bolivia (N Cochabamba).

Descriptive notes

29–32 cm; male 355–527 g, female 512–615 g. Nearly plain greyish or brownish tinamou. Variable: paler birds have plumage nearly plain ash-brown, part of... read more


Song a clear, plain, sharp whistle lasting slightly less than one second, repeated at five-second... read more


Tropical rainforest, especially in second growth, and abundant in várzea; also in... read more

Food and feeding

Berries, fruits and seeds; also insects, including ants (Formicidae), mole-crickets (Gryllotalpidae) and shield-bugs (Pentatomidae).


Breeds in all months, but mainly Aug–Oct; Jun in Colombia. No nest built, eggs laid in dense vegetation on forest floor. Clutch... read more


Presumably sedentary.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Relatively common in most of range, and the commonest tinamou in Suriname; uncommon and local in Venezuela; fairly common in Ecuador... read more

Recommended citation

Cabot, J., Christie, D.A., Jutglar, F. & Sharpe, C.J. (2019). Cinereous Tinamou (Crypturellus cinereus). 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 July 2019).