Pale-browed Tinamou Crypturellus
transfasciatus is a type of Tinamou
found in tropical dry forests in Peru and Ecuador.
is formed from three Latin
, and ellus
. Therefore Crypturellus
small hidden tail.
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.
The Pale-browed Tinamou is approximately in length. It is
recognized by its greyish-brown upper coat which is finely
vermiculated with black, and a white throat, with the remainder of
its underparts greyish to buffy. Its flanks are barred, and it has
a brown crown, and a prominent white supercilium. Finally, its legs
Like other Tinamous, the Pale-browed Tinamou eats fruit off the
ground or low-lying bushes, and 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. The nest is located on the ground in
dense brush or between raised root buttresses.
Range and habitat
The Pale-browed Tinamou is found in subtropical and tropical arid
forests up to altitude. This species is native to western Ecuador; southern
coastal and extreme westernEl Oro, and
extreme northwestern Loja, and northwestern
Peru; Tumbes and western (except
classifies the Pale-browed Tinamou as
,as their numbers are
decreasing. It is currently threatened by widespread deforestation
and habitat degradation caused
by livestock overgrazing, and also logging. This species is also
threatened by people hunting it for food. It also is suffering
losses due to farming, however this is the least of the threats.
The occurrence range of this species is .
- Clements, J (2007)
- Gotch, A. F. (1195)
- Davies, S. J. J. F. (2003)
- BirdLife International (2008)(a)