Family Tinamous (Tinamidae)

Least Concern

Tataupa Tinamou (Crypturellus tataupa)


French: Tinamou tataupa German: Tataupatinamu Spanish: Tinamú tataupá

Tinamus tataupa


, 1815,

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


Phenotypic analysis shows that this species and C. parvirostris are sisters#R. Four subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • C. t. inops Bangs & Noble, 1918 – SE Ecuador (S Zamora-Chinchipe) and NW Peru (Cajamarca).
  • C. t. peruvianus (Cory, 1915) – C Peru (Junín).
  • C. t. lepidotus (Swainson, 1837) – NE Brazil (Maranhão E to Bahia).
  • C. t. tataupa (Temminck, 1815) – N & E Bolivia to C & SE Brazil, Paraguay and N Argentina.
  • Descriptive notes

    24·5–26·5 cm; male 169–229 g, female 189–298 g. Variable grey and brown tinamou with comparatively long curved bill, somewhat like a rail (... read more


    Song a fast series of trills on falling scale, speeding up towards end, or a sequence of 3–4... read more


    Tropical and subtropical forest, where it occurs in wet, densely vegetated gulleys, near forest... read more

    Food and feeding

    Ants (Formicidae), small gastropods, seeds (of family Euphorbiaceae) and other plant matter. Forages on ground, generally in pairs.... read more


    Season protracted, Jul–Apr in Brazil. Nest a shallow scrape on ground. Clutch 4–5 eggs, olivaceous grey to pale chocolate-brown... read more


    Presumably sedentary.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Generally common; scarce in extreme SE Brazil (Rio Grande do Sul), uncommon in Ecuador and uncommon to locally common in Peru. First... read more

    Recommended citation

    Cabot, J., Christie, D.A., Jutglar, F. & Sharpe, C.J. (2018). Tataupa Tinamou (Crypturellus tataupa). 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 18 March 2018).