The Cinereous Tinamou is recognized by its smoky-grey with reddish-brown crown and nape. Its dark phase is uniformly in sooty brown color. This species has a loud distinctive whistle heard mainly at dawn and dusk.
Dense undergrowth of tropical rainforest, with patches of Savannah and scattered trees.
Common breeder in Surinam, the most abundant Tinamou in the coastal area. It an be found in cocoa and coffee plantations but mostly in wet forest.
Mostly berries, fruit and seeds, but also insects (ants) and invertebrates are eaten. Feeds by walking forest ground.
This species has an extremely large range, and hence does not approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the range size criterion (Extent of Occurrence 30% decline over ten years or three generations). The population size has not been quantified, but it is not believed to approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the population size criterion (10% in ten years or three generations, or with a specified population structure). For these reasons the species is evaluated as Least Concern. [conservation status from birdlife.org]
Breeds all year around, nest is a small ground scrap between tree roots. Clutch size 1-3 eggs, incubated by male, young are cared for by the male.
Sedentary in all of its range, but not well known
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