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Brushland tinamou

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Brushland tinamou-Nothoprocta cinerascens
Brushland tinamou-Nothoprocta cinerascens

TAXONOMY

Nothoprocta cinerascens Burmeister, 1860, Tucumán, Argentina.Two subspecies.

OTHER COMMON NAMES

French: Tinamou sauvageon; German: Cordobasteißhuhn; Spanish: Tinamú Montaraz.

PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS

12.5 in (31.5 cm), 1.2 lb (540 g). Female slightly larger and darker. Black barring on back and wings.

DISTRIBUTION

Argentina, Bolivia, and Paraguay.

HABITAT

Favors dry savanna woodlands, usually below 3,300 ft (1,000 m), but will live in cropland and open thorn scrub.

BEHAVIOR

The advertising call is a series of seven to 10 clear whistled notes with considerable carrying power. Home ranges are about 50 acres (20 ha), maintained mainly by calls but often overlapping ranges of other males.

FEEDING ECOLOGY AND DIET

Feed on the ground, mostly on insects and small animals, but also take some fruit.

Brushland tinamou-Nothoprocta cinerascens
Brushland tinamou-Nothoprocta cinerascens

REPRODUCTIVE BIOLOGY

Males attract groups of two to four females, establish a nest site, and supervise females while they lay in it. When the females leave to join another male, the original male incubates the clutch and rears the brood alone.

CONSERVATION STATUS

Not threatened.

SIGNIFICANCE TO HUMANS

Subject to light hunting but remains common.

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