Tinamus major. Braulio Carillo National Park; Quebrada Gonzalez. Please acknowledge any use of this photo: Andy Jones, Cleveland Museum of Natural History.
Grey tinamou seen about 7:30am on a trail above Copalinga Ecolodge on the road to Bombuscaro entrance to Podocarpus National Park. The bird was extremely approachable, coming with 3 or 4 feet of me. I think he was expecting a hand-out of corn since the lodge feeds the birds daily.
ran across path right in front of me
Tinamous form an order (Tinamiformes) comprising a single family, with two distinct subfamilies, containing 47 species of birds found in Mexico, Central America, and South America. The word "tinamou" comes from the Galibi term for these birds, tinamu. One of the most ancient living groups of bird, they are most closely related to the flightless ratites and first appear in the fossil record in the Miocene epoch. They are generally sedentary, ground dwelling and, though not...