Family Tinamous (Tinamidae)

Least Concern

Variegated Tinamou (Crypturellus variegatus)


French: Tinamou varié German: Rotbrusttinamu Spanish: Tinamú abigarrado

Tetrao variegatus

J. F. Gmelin

, 1789,





Amazonian Colombia, Venezuela and the Guianas S to Peru and across N Brazil to N Maranhão; also coastal E Brazil (S Bahia, SE Minas Gerais and Espírito Santo).

Descriptive notes

28–31 cm; male 310–365 g, female 354–423 g. Strongly barred tinamou with grey head, cinnamon neck, and long straight bill. Has head and central nape medium... read more


Wailing whistle; also a series of five notes on even pitch, or a longer series of more tremulous... read more


Forest and thickets of tropical and subtropical zones, at 100–1300 m; rainforest and other... read more

Food and feeding

Seeds, fruits and insects. Of 50 stomachs of individuals from Belize, only four contained insects, namely beetles (Coleoptera), bugs (... read more


Breeding recorded in Apr in Venezuela, and in Mar–Oct and Dec (perhaps in all months) in Guyana. Polyandrous; female calls to attract... read more


Presumably sedentary.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Uncommon to fairly common in terra firme forest throughout Amazonia; uncommon in Surinam. Few records from Bolivia.... read more

Recommended citation

Cabot, J., Jutglar, F. & Sharpe, C.J. (2020). Variegated Tinamou (Crypturellus variegatus). 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).