Family Tinamous (Tinamidae)

Least Concern

Quebracho Crested Tinamou (Eudromia formosa)


French: Tinamou superbe German: Schmucksteißhuhn Spanish: Martineta chaqueña

Calopezus formosus


, 1905,

Tucumán, Argentina


Closely related to E. elegans, and has been considered conspecific with it. Paraguayan birds formerly separated as subspecies mira#R, but probably just an extreme in clinal variation, or at best a barely diagnosable race#R. Monotypic.


Arid Chaco of W Paraguay and quebracho woodland of NC Argentina (E Salta and W Formosa S to E Tucumán and W Santiago del Estero); probably also extreme SC Bolivia (Tarija)#R#R.

Descriptive notes

37·5–41 cm, one male 617 g. Drab-looking bird with narrow but long crest, structurally very like E. elegans and plumage only slightly different; lacks... read more


Most frequent vocalization, heard particularly at dawn and dusk but only sporadically during day, a... read more


Quebracho woodland in arid areas; savanna and dry woodland of Chaco region. In a... read more

Food and feeding

Very few data available, but has recently been observed eating tips of fresh green leaves of Capparis flexuosa (Capparaceae) and... read more


Very little known. Birds in breeding condition have been found in widely separated months in Paraguay (and mid-sized young in Sept),... read more


Presumably sedentary.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Apparently frequent to common. Presence in Bolivia recently suggested, and this confirmed by several sight records in extreme E... read more

Recommended citation

Cabot, J., Christie, D.A., Jutglar, F., Garcia, E.F.J., Sharpe, C.J. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). Quebracho Crested Tinamou (Eudromia formosa). 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 4 April 2020).