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tinamou

(tĭn`əmo͞o), common name for a South American game bird related to the ostrich. It is protectively colored in browns and grays. The females are the aggressors in courtship, and the males incubate the colorful eggs and rear the young. Their flesh is delicious; attempts have been made to introduce them in North America. Although similar in appearance to partridges, tinamous are not related to them. Tinamous are classified in the phylum ChordataChordata
, phylum of animals having a notochord, or dorsal stiffening rod, as the chief internal skeletal support at some stage of their development. Most chordates are vertebrates (animals with backbones), but the phylum also includes some small marine invertebrate animals.
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, subphylum Vertebrata, class Aves, order Tinamiformes, family Tinamidae.
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In 2015, a deceased adult elegant-crested tinamou kept at Wuppertal Zoo (Wuppertal, Germany) underwent necropsy at the University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover, Foundation (Hannover, Germany).
To further characterize ETHBV, we confirmed infection in the liver using an in situ hybridization protocol (8) in an adult and embryo tinamou (Figure, panel B).
BRENNAN, P.L.R., 2012.--Mixed paternity despite high male parental care in great tinamous and other Palaeognathae.
DAVTES, S.J.F., 2003.--Rattles and Tinamous: Tinamidae, Rheidae, Dromaiidae, Casuariidae, Apterygidae, Struthionidae.
Although no other species have been clearly extirpated by hunting, it is likely that continued hunting pressure has affected populations of several species, especially curassows, wood-quail, and tinamous. However, hunting pressure has apparently lightened somewhat in the intervening years since Karr's (1971) investigation.
Awake to roaring howler monkeys, stand atop a majestic volcano, search cloud forests for Resplendent Quetzals, comb coastal estuaries for Scarlet Macaws, watch hummingbirds bathe, learn medicinal plant uses, hike above timberline in the paramo, listen as tinamous call at dusk, and hear tink frogs in the night.
While the men fish or hunt game, wild animals and snakes to eat, the women collect the roots, very abundant in the area, called Aguapas" (the rhizomes or underground shoots of Maranta arundinacea [Marantaceae], the source of the starch known in Venezuela as sulu and in English as arrowroot) similar to the white potatoes that are common in Galicia." The immense plains covered in grass taller than a man were crossed and regularly burned by bands of these and other Indian peoples hunting brocket deer (Mazama), armadillos (Dasypus), tinamous (Tinamus), tortoises and fresh-water turtles, iguanas, and the greatly appreciated giant anteaters (Myrme-cophaga), a favorite dish of the Morcote Indians.
Other species that have followed a similar evolutionary path, but that have not abandoned flight, are the tinamous, galliformes and rails.
Awake to roaring howler monkeys, stand atop a majestic volcano, search cloud forests for Resplendent Quetzals, comb coastal estuaries for Scarlet Macaws, watch hummingbirds bathe, learn medical plant uses, hike above timberline in the paramo, listen as tinamous call at dusk, and hear tink frogs in the night.
The most hunted of the many wild game bird species are tinamous (Tinamidae), guans (Penelope), curassows (Crax), chachalacas (Ortalis), and several species of doves and quails, as well as the common turkey (Meleagris gallopavo).
Thicket Tinamou Crypturellus cinnamomeus--Six were heard at Canon del Tigre on 4 June 2003 and four were heard there on 13 June 2006.