Crypturellus variegatus Gmelin, 1789, Cayenne.
OTHER COMMON NAMES
French: Tinamou variй; German: Rotbrusttinamu; Spanish: Tinamъ Abigarrado.
11.5 in (29.5 cm), 0.8 lb (380 g). Black head; neck and breast rufous. Light barring on underparts.
Belize, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Guiana, Peru, and Venezuela.
Tropical forest with dense undergrowth at moderate altitudes, 300–4,300 ft (100–1,300 m).
The call is a series of five evenly pitched tremulous notes, often merging to a trill, with the first note descending and distinct from the rest of the trill.
FEEDING ECOLOGY AND DIET
Mainly seeds and fruits, with few insects.
The female establishes a territory, attracts a male, lays one egg in a rudimentary nest, and leaves the male incubating while she departs to establish another territory and repeat the process.
SIGNIFICANCE TO HUMANS
The bird does not appear to be important as a game species.
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