Undulated Tinamou

Undulated Tinamou


Profile Undulated Tinamou
[Authority] Temminck, 1815 | [group] Tinamous | [order] TINAMIFORMES | [family] Tinamidae | [latin] Crypturellus undulatus | [UK] Undulated Tinamou | [FR] Tinamou vermicule

[Authority] Temminck, 1815 | [group] Tinamous | [order] TINAMIFORMES | [family] Tinamidae | [latin] Crypturellus undulatus | [UK] Undulated Tinamou | [FR] Tinamou vermicule | [DE] Wellentinamu | [ES] Tinamu Ondulado,Tataupalistado (Ag),Tataupalistado | [NL] Marmertinamoe | copyright picture

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The Undulated Tinamou is approximately 28-30 cm in length. It is overall brownish tinged grey to various extend, and has a strong, black barred to faint vermiculated pattern on the back and neck (for example, while C. u. undulatus is relatively rich brown and strongly barred, C. u. yapura is darker, more grey-tinged and only has faint vermiculations). It has a whitish throat, and the remainder of its underparts are olive-grey to buff with dark vermiculation on its lower flanks and vent. Its bill is black above and grey below. The legs and feet are grey, dull yellow or greenish.

The Undulated Tinamou occurs at altitudes of up to 900m. It occurs in a wide range of wooded habitats, ranging from dense, humid Amazonian forests, to dry, relatively open savanna-woodland

A ground-foraging omnivore, the Undulated Tinamou feeds on small fruits, 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 birdlife.org]

Nest is a small depression in the ground, clutch size is 4-5 egss

Sedentary in all of its range, but not well known


  1. Measurements
  2. spanwidth min.: 0 cm
  3. spanwidth max.: 0 cm
  4. size min.: 28 cm
  5. size max.: 32 cm
  6. Breeding
  7. incubation min.: 16 days
  8. incubation max.: 18 days
  9. fledging min.: 0 days
  10. fledging max.: 0 days
  11. broods 0
  12. eggs min.: 4
  13. eggs max.: 5
  14. Conservation Status
  15. Undulated Tinamou status Least Concern


  1. Crypturellus undulatus undulatus
  2. se Peru to n Argentina
  3. Crypturellus undulatus vermiculatus
  4. e Brazil
  5. Crypturellus undulatus adspersus
  6. c Brazil
  7. Crypturellus undulatus yapura
  8. w Amazonia
  9. Crypturellus undulatus simplex
  10. s Guyana, nc Brazil
  11. Crypturellus undulatus manapiare
  12. s Venezuela
  13. Crypturellus undulatus
  14. SA Amazonia, sc
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