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White-throated Tinamou - BirdForum Opus

Tinamus guttatus
Photo by swiss7
Location: Pantiacolla Lodge, Manu, Peru


Dark chestnut-brown above with blackish vermiculation on lower back and fine yellowish-white spots. Paler below with wider dark barring on flanks. Crown grey, throat white, head and neck grey with yellowish-white spots, undertail chestnut. Iris, bill and legs dark brown. Length 33cm.


East Ecuador, south-east Colombia, south-west Venezuela, Peru, northern and central Bolivia and across Brazil to the Atlantic. Resident.


This species is monotypic.[1]


Lowland rainforest, roosts in trees.


Breeding: Polygamous, one or more females lay 10-12 glossy eggs in a scrape, covered with leaves when unattended. Incubation: c. 20 days by male, chicks buff with dark stripes, run soon after hatching and fly when half-grown.
Diet: Mainly animals taken from the ground layer.
Voice: Long mellow note followed by shorter one then after a pause a series of increasingly rapid notes of similar tone then the first two notes repeated.


  1. Clements, JF. 2007. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to October 2007. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019

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