Supriya Ghosh

Grey legged tinamou

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Kingdom  Animalia
Subfamily  Tinaminae
Scientific name  Crypturellus duidae
Higher classification  Crypturellus
Order  Tinamou
Family  Tinamidae
Genus  Crypturellus
Phylum  Chordata
Rank  Species
Grey-legged tinamou Graylegged Tinamou Crypturellus duidae Peru Aves Peru Birds
Similar  Barred tinamou, Rusty tinamou, Red‑legged tinamou, Brazilian tinamou, Black‑capped tinamou

Grey legged tinamou meaning


The grey-legged tinamou (Crypturellus duidae) is a species of tinamou found in relatively dry, shrubby forests in the Amazon in South America.

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Taxonomy

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The grey-legged tinamou is a monotypic species. 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.

Etymology

Grey-legged tinamou More on Crypturellus duidae Greylegged Tinamou

Crypturellus is formed from three Latin or Greek words. kruptos meaning covered or hidden, oura meaning tail, and ellus meaning diminutive. Therefore, Crypturellus means small hidden tail.

Description

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The grey-legged tinamou is approximately 30 cm (12 in) in length. It is dark brown above with finely barred black on its lower back, it is rufous below, has tinged grey on its upper breast, the sides of its belly are banded buff, its head and neck are rufous, its throat white, and its legs are greyish. The female is darker on her lower back with narrow light buff barring.

Behavior

Grey-legged tinamou More on Cynanthus latirostris Broadbilled Hummingbird

Like other tinamous, the grey-legged 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.

Range and habitat

It is found in dry shrubland up to 500 m (1,600 ft) altitude. It may also be found in moist or drier lowland forest. This species is native to east central Colombia, southern Venezuela, and northwestern Brazil. It may also be found in far eastern Peru.

Conservation

In 2012 the IUCN classifies this Tinamou as Near Threatened, with an occurrence range of 59,000 km2 (23,000 sq mi).

References

Grey-legged tinamou Wikipedia


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