Little Tinamou

The Little Tinamou, Crypturellus soui, is a member of the most ancient groups of bird families, the tinamous. Its habitat is humid forests and other damp overgrowth from southern Mexico down through Central and South America as far as southern Brazil.

The Little Tinamou is 8.6 to 9.5 inches long and weighs 7.8 ounces. Although it looks similar to other ground-dwelling birds like quail and grouse, it is completely unrelated to those groups. This is a dumpy bird with unbarred brown plumage, shaded to gray on the head and with a whiter throat. The female is a brighter reddish-brown below than the male.

It lays two glossy lavender colored eggs on the ground. The young are precocial*, and can run almost as soon as they hatch. The Little Tinamou eats seeds, berries, and some insects.

*Precocial: Pertaining to birds that are born covered with down and
become active almost at once, as opposed to Altricial.