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Variegated Tinamou - BirdForum Opus

Photo © by Thibaud Aronson
Estacion Biologica Los Amigos, (Los Amigos Biological Station)
Madre de Dios, Peru, 4 November 2023
Crypturellus variegatus


Length 33cm
Upper back rufous, lower back and wings black with conspicuous yellowish bands. Throat white, neck and upper breast bright rufous, lower breast and belly buffish-white, flanks tinged cinnamon and lightly barred dusky. Crown and sides of head blackish.
Bill yellowish, legs greenish to yellowish-brown.


South America: found in southern parts of Colombia, Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname, French Guiana, eastern Ecuador, Peru, northern Bolivia and Amazonian Brazil.



This is a monotypic species[1].


Rainforest, clearings and forest edge up to 1,300m. Often in drier areas, shy and secretive



The diet includes seeds and fruits, with few insects.


The female establishes a territory, lays one egg in a rudimentary nest, which she leaves the male to incubate then establishes another territory and repeats the process.


A wailing whistle.


  1. Clements, JF. 2008. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to December 2008. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019.
  2. Avibase
  3. Wikipedia

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