Red-legged Tinamou

Red-legged Tinamou


Profile Red-legged Tinamou
[Authority] Pelzeln, 1863 | [group] Tinamous | [order] TINAMIFORMES | [family] Tinamidae | [latin] Crypturellus erythropus | [UK] Red-legged Tinamou | [FR] Tinamou a

[Authority] Pelzeln, 1863 | [group] Tinamous | [order] TINAMIFORMES | [family] Tinamidae | [latin] Crypturellus erythropus | [UK] Red-legged Tinamou | [FR] Tinamou a pieds rouges | [DE] Rotfuss-Tinamu | [ES] Tinamou a pieds rouges | [NL] Roodpoottinamoe | copyright picture

Its upperparts are brownish and the grey chest contrasts clearly with the buff belly. The back and wings are barred, but this is faint (often barely visible) in the males. Additionally, the amount of barring to the upperparts varies among the subspecies. It is the only tinamou in its range with rosy-red legs.

Dense undergrowth of tropical rainforest, with patches of Savannah and scattered trees. Prefers thick thorny vegatation, sometimes in grassland with sufficient bushes.

Confined to the Upper North East region of South America the Red-Legged Tinamou is a very rare species, with only a few observations in Surinam. There are seven sub-species recognized, which of these are present in Surinam is unknown. Its secretive life style and the feact it only calls for half an hour at dusk and dawn makes it hard to observe. The red-legged tinamou
(Crypturellus erythropus margaritae) is a critically endangered bird species that is endemic to Venezuela.

Not documented as of yet. Probably like other Tinamou berries, fruit, seeds and insects.

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]

Not documented, breeds the first half year in Colombia.

Sedentary in all of its range, but not well known.


  1. Measurements
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  4. size min.: 27 cm
  5. size max.: 32 cm
  6. Breeding
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  9. fledging min.: 0 days
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  11. broods 0
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  14. Conservation Status
  15. Red-legged Tinamou status Least Concern


  1. Crypturellus erythropus erythropus
  2. e Venezuela to ne Brazil
  3. Crypturellus erythropus margaritae
  4. Margarita I. (off Venezuela)
  5. Crypturellus erythropus spencei
  6. n Venezuela
  7. Crypturellus erythropus saltuarius
  8. Magdalena Prov. (nc Colombia)
  9. Crypturellus erythropus columbianus
  10. nc Colombia
  11. Crypturellus erythropus idoneus
  12. ne Colombia, nw Venezuela
  13. Crypturellus erythropus cursitans
  14. n Colombia, nw Venezuela
  15. Crypturellus erythropus
  16. SA n
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