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Red-winged Tinamou - BirdForum Opus

Alternative name: Rufous Tinamou

Photo by Jamfaraco
Photo taken: Lages/SC, Brazil, December 2004
Rhynchotus rufescens


39–42·5 cm
Brown above barred with black, primaries strongly rufous. Throat white, foreneck and breast cinnamon in most races, remainder of underparts grey-brown barred with black on belly and flanks. Crown black.


South America: found in Brazil south of the Amazon, Peru, Bolivia, Paraguay, Uruguay, and Argentina; this species is resident.


Dry grassy scrub and open forest in lowlands.


Huayco Tinamou was formerly regarded as a subspecies of this species but is now accepted by most lists as full species.


  • R. r. catingae:
  • Central and north-eastern Brazil
  • R. r. rufescens:
  • R. r. pallescens:
  • Northern Argentina (eastern Formosa to Río Negro)



Omnivorous. Their diet consists of insects, roots, shoots, seeds and fruit.


Jaramillo describes the song of the two forms as "Pheeew weeu weeu" in Rhynchotus rufescens and "Wheee- cooo!" in Huayco Tinamou.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2014. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: Version 6.9., with updates to August 2014. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved August 2014)

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