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Elegant Crested Tinamou

The Elegant Crested Tinamou, Eudromia elegans, is a medium-sized, up to
16.2 inches long, partridge-like bird found in the grassland and savanna of Chile and Argentina.

This bird is dark or yellowish brown with a short tail and wings. There are two white stripes on the side of the face. There is a long crest with pointed upward tip. The feet have no hind toes and the bluish or grayish legs are short and strong. They are a very earthly bird.

The diet of the Elegant Crested Tinamou consists mainly of seeds, leaves, fruits and insects. Although this species is heavily hunted, they are not an uncommon bird. They are listed on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species as “˜Least Concern’.

Elegant Crested Tinamou