Family Tinamous (Tinamidae)

Least Concern

Tepui Tinamou (Crypturellus ptaritepui)


French: Tinamou des tépuis German: Tepuitinamou Spanish: Tinamú de tepuy

Crypturellus ptaritepui

J. T. Zimmer and Phelps, Sr

, 1945,

Bolívar, Venezuela


Sister to clade formed by C. berlepschi and C. cinereus#R. Monotypic.


SE Venezuela (E Pantepuí area of SE Bolívar).

Descriptive notes

28·5–30 cm; 320 g (n = 4). Dark and plain-looking, with pale eyes. Upperparts and upperwing are entirely sooty chestnut, face and side of head down to... read more


Protracted mournful but sharp whistle, slightly downslurred, repeated at intervals.  


Dense subtropical cloudforest, at 1350–1800 m.

Food and feeding

No information available.


No information available.


Presumably sedentary.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). It is currently known from four mountains in SE Bolívar, Venezuela: Auyán-tepuí, Ptari-tepuí, Sororop... read more

Recommended citation

Cabot, J., Jutglar, F. & Sharpe, C.J. (2018). Tepui Tinamou (Crypturellus ptaritepui). 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).