Quebracho crested tinamou

The quebracho crested tinamou (Eudromia formosa) is a species of tinamou found in dry forest habitats[3] in Paraguay and northern Argentina in South America.[4]

Quebracho crested tinamou
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In Boquerón, Paraguay
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Infraclass: Palaeognathae
Order: Tinamiformes
Family: Tinamidae
Genus: Eudromia
E. formosa
Binomial name
Eudromia formosa
(Lillo, 1905)[2]
Eudromia formosa map.svg



Eudromia comes from two Greek words, eu meaning well or nicely, and dromos meaning a running escape. These definitions together mean, nice running escape, which refers to their habit of escaping predators by running.[5] All tinamou are from the family Tinamidae, and in the larger scheme are also ratites. Unlike other ratites, tinamous can fly, although in general, they are not strong fliers. All ratites evolved from prehistoric flying birds, and tinamous are the closest living relative of these birds.[6]


There are two subspecies of this tinamou:


The quebracho crested tinamou is approximately 39 cm (15 in) in length. Its upper parts are greyish-brown to blackish with a few scattered small white spots. Its lower parts are pale buffish to whitish and heavily barred with black. Its head has a black crest that is long, thin, and straight. It has a dusky stripe behind eye, bordered above and below by white stripes.

Distribution and habitatEdit

The quebracho crested tinamou is found in dry forests up to 500 m (1,600 ft).[3] It is also found in dry savanna.[1] Its range is northern Argentina and Paraguay.[4]


Like other tinamous, the quebracho crested tinamou eats fruit off the ground or low-lying bushes. They also eat small amounts of invertebrates, flower buds, tender leaves, seeds, and roots. The male incubates the eggs which may come from as many as 4 different females, and then will raise them until they are ready to be on their own, usually 2–3 weeks. The nest is located on the ground in dense brush or between raised root buttresses.[6]


The IUCN list this species as least concern,[1] with an occurrence range of 290,000 km2 (110,000 sq mi).[3]


  1. ^ a b c BirdLife International (2016). "Eudromia formosa". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2016: e.T22678294A92766095. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-3.RLTS.T22678294A92766095.en. Retrieved 12 November 2021.
  2. ^ a b c Brand, S. (2008)
  3. ^ a b c BirdLife International (2008)
  4. ^ a b c d Clements, J. (2007)
  5. ^ Gotch, A. F. (1995)
  6. ^ a b Davies, S. J. J. F. (2003)