Great Tinamou (Tinamus major)

The Great Tinamou bird is a native of Central and South America. It is a relatively large bird, measuring up to 18 inches in length and weighing up to 2.5 pounds. The Great Tinamou is a member of the Tinamidae family and is considered a game bird in many regions of South America.

This bird is typically brown in color, with a distinctive white throat and chest. The legs and feet are olive-colored, and the beak is a yellowish-green. Great Tinamous are primarily ground-dwelling birds, with short wings that enable them to take off and fly short distances when threatened.

The Great Tinamou is known for its unique and eerie call, which is often heard echoing through the forests in which it lives. Its diet consists mainly of fruits and insects, although it will also eat small amphibians and reptiles.

Great Tinamous are considered monogamous and mate for life. They typically build their nests on the ground, with the male and female taking turns incubating the eggs. The chicks hatch after approximately three weeks and are able to walk and forage on their own within a day.

The Great Tinamou is an important source of food for many indigenous peoples in the regions where it lives. In addition, it plays an important role in the ecosystem, helping to disperse seeds and control insect populations.

Although the Great Tinamou is not considered to be endangered, its habitat is under threat due to deforestation and agricultural expansion. Conservation efforts are underway to protect the species and its habitat, including the establishment of protected areas and the promotion of sustainable land-use practices.

Overall, the Great Tinamou is a unique and important bird species, with a fascinating ecology and cultural significance. Its survival depends on continued conservation efforts and the preservation of its natural habitat.

Other names

Tinamus major



Great Tinamou

tinamú olivaci



maslinasti tinamu

tinama větší

Stor Tinamu

Grote Tinamoe


Grand Tinamou


Tinamo grosso


didysis tinamas


kusacz duży


Большой тинаму

Veliki tinamu

tinama veľká

Tinamú oliváceo

större tinamo

Büyük Tinamu

тинаму великий


nagy tinamu