Family Tinamous (Tinamidae)

Near Threatened

Pale-browed Tinamou (Crypturellus transfasciatus)


French: Tinamou à grands sourcils German: Brauentinamu Spanish: Tinamú cejudo

Crypturus transfasciatus

P. L. Sclater and Salvin

, 1878,

Manabí, Ecuador


May be sister-species of C. cinnamomeus (including C. occidentalis)#R. Form from NW Peru described as “Crypturellus rubripes” subsequently shown to be the male plumage of present species#R. Monotypic.


Tropical W Ecuador (Manabí) S to NW Peru (Tumbes and Piura).

Descriptive notes

27–29 cm; c. 283 g. Male is bluish-grey to brownish on cap to lower hindneck, cap with some dusky spotting, and greyish-olive to rufescent-brown upperparts and... read more


Short whistle, often with distinct upward inflection, “oowheeep”, repeated at long... read more


Humid tropical deciduous forest; lowlands to 1500 m.

Food and feeding

No dietary information available. Forages in leaf litter, generally in denser undergrowth.


Breeds Nov–Feb in Ecuador. Nest at foot of tree; clutch up to seven eggs. No other information.


Presumably sedentary.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near Threatened. Tumbesian endemic. Fairly common; estimated population of several thousands in extreme NW Peru (Tumbes).... read more

Recommended citation

Cabot, J., Jutglar, F., Sharpe, C.J. & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). Pale-browed Tinamou (Crypturellus transfasciatus). 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 13 December 2019).