Red-legged Tinamou (Crypturellus erythropus)

The Red-legged Tinamou or Nothocercus julius, is a bird species that belongs to the Tinamidae family. This bird is native to South America, where it can be found in forests, shrublands, and other humid habitats.

The Red-legged Tinamou is a small-sized bird, growing up to 30 centimeters in length and weighing around 400 grams. It has a plump body, short wings, and a small head. The bird's plumage is mostly brown with black barring on the feathers. It has red legs and a small bill. The distinctive markings on this bird make it easy to spot from other species in its range.

These birds are primarily herbivores, feeding on seeds, fruits, and insects. The diet of the red-legged Tinamous is primarily dependent on the season and the habitat they are found in.

The Red-legged Tinamous are monogamous, meaning they mate for life. During the breeding season, which is from June to August, they build ground nests in dense vegetative areas, which are concealed by ground cover. The females lay up to three eggs which they incubate for around 25 days. The male helps in hatching and rearing of the young bird. Once hatched, the young birds join their parents and feed on their own.

The red-legged Tinamous have been hunted extensively in their range for their meat and feathers, and this has led to a sharp decline in the population of this species. As a result, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has listed the Red-legged Tinamou under the category of "Near Threatened." Nonetheless, the bird species can still be found in large numbers in protected areas and has increased in some regions.

In conclusion, the Red-legged Tinamou is a fascinating and unique bird species that stands out for its distinctive plumage and interesting behavior. Though facing some survival challenges, these birds are still found in considerable numbers, and conservation efforts will help preserve this species for future generations.

Other names

Crypturellus erythropus



Red-legged Tinamou

tinamú cama-roig



crvenonogi tinamu

tinama rudonohá

Rødbenet Tinamu



Tinamou à pieds rouges


Tinamo zamperosse


raudonkojis tinamas


kusacz czerwononogi


Красноногий криптуреллюс

Crvenonogi tinamu

tinama červenonohá

Tinamú patirrojo

rödbent tinamo

Kırmızı Ayaklı Tinamu

татаупа червононогий