Birds of Colombia

GREAT TINAMOU
TiNAMÚ GRANDE

Tinamus major

The great tinamou is a large, almost tailless game bird that lives on the ground. They are native to Central and South America. Reduced in numbers due to hunting for food. There are several subspecies, mostly differentiated by their coloration. They inhabit subtropical and tropical humid forest, river-edge forest, and cloud forest at altitudes from 300 to 1,500 m (1,000–4,900 ft). Difficult to see and forage by walking quietly along the ground. They emit a powerful haunting two-parted whistle, quavering, mourning song early and late in the day and sometimes at night. Very timid and may flush explosively from close range crashing off like cannonballs. Plumage rather plain overall, warm brown above and grayish below, with grayish (not reddish) legs.

Esta es un ave grande que parece carecer de cola y que se encuentra caminando en los suelos de bosques. Son nativos de Centro y Sudamérica. Su número se ha reducido debido a la cacería por su apetecida carne. Hay varias subspecies que se diferencian principalmente por el color del plumaje. Habitan en los bosques tropicales y subtropicales, orillas de los ríos, bosques nubosos a alturas entre los 300 a 1,500 m (1,000 – 4,900 ft). Díficiles de ver y se alimentan mientras caminan. Emiten un silbido fúnebre y triste durante el dia, tarde y a veces en la noche. Son aves muy tímidas que salen en estampida al asustarse y se dan contra los árboles. Su color de plumas es uniforme, café claro arriba y grisoso debajo y tienen patas grises (no rojizas).

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