Family Tinamous (Tinamidae)

Least Concern

Slaty-breasted Tinamou (Crypturellus boucardi)


French: Tinamou de Boucard German: Graukehltinamu Spanish: Tinamú pizarroso

Tinamus boucardi

P. L. Sclater

, 1860,

Oaxaca, Mexico


Known to have hybridized with C. cinnamomeus in parts of Honduras. Sometimes considered to include C. erythropus and C. kerriae; taxonomy of this group somewhat confused#R. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • C. b. boucardi (P. L. Sclater, 1860) – SE Mexico (from S Veracruz and N Oaxaca) to Belize, N Guatemala and extreme NW Honduras.
  • C. b. costaricensis (Dwight & Griscom, 1924) – N & E Honduras and E Nicaragua S to N Costa Rica.
  • Descriptive notes

    26–29 cm; male 375–464 g, female 374–526 g. Male nominate race has slate-grey head, neck, mantle and breast, being darkest, blackish-grey, on forehead and... read more


    Male gives three-note whistle, “ah-uwaaah”, relatively low-pitched, downslurred and... read more


    Humid tropical and lower subtropical forest, from sea-level to c. 1800 m. Occupies a variety of... read more

    Food and feeding

    Diet fallen fruit and seeds, e.g. of Pseudolmedia spuria, Brosimum alicastrum, Protium and also Sapotaceae; also... read more


    Breeds in Jun in S Mexico, Jan–Jun in Belize, Mar–Jul in Guatemala and Mar–Oct in Costa Rica. Male mates with 2–4... read more


    Presumably more or less sedentary.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Fairly common throughout. Rather sparsely distributed, e.g. home range of male 12–21 ha during breeding season. Local... read more

    Recommended citation

    Cabot, J., Jutglar, F., Sharpe, C.J. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). Slaty-breasted Tinamou (Crypturellus boucardi). 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 9 April 2020).