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Any of various secretive ground-dwelling birds of the family Tinamidae, living in grasslands and jungles of Central and South America.

[French, perhaps of Galibi origin.]
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(Animals) any bird of the order Tinamiformes of Central and South America, having small wings, a heavy body, and an inconspicuous plumage
[C18: via French from Carib (Galibi) tinamu]
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Noun1.tinamou - heavy-bodied small-winged South American game bird resembling a gallinaceous bird but related to the ratite birdstinamou - heavy-bodied small-winged South American game bird resembling a gallinaceous bird but related to the ratite birds
family Tinamidae, Tinamidae - comprising the tinamous
game bird - any bird (as grouse or pheasant) that is hunted for sport
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Response of large galliforms and tinamous (Cracidae, Phasianidae, Tinamidae) to habitat loss and fragmentation in northern Guatemala.
The identification of ETHBV prompted us to retrospectively screen the flock of 7 elegant-crested tinamous at Wuppertal Zoo and the 6 that had died within the past 4 years and had undergone necropsy at the University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover, Foundation (online Technical Appendix Table 4).
Ratites or Struthioniformes: Struthiones, Rheae, Cassuarii, Apteryges (ostriches, rheas, emus, cassowaries, and kiwis), and Tinamiformes (tinamous).
On the new tree, ostriches and tinamous perch on the earliest branch.
Dogs are mainly utilised to locate land birds like the tinamous (Tinamus and Crypturellus) and crested agoutis and pacas in their burrows and hollows.
BRENNAN, P.L.R., 2004.--Techniques for studying the behavioral ecology of forest-dwelling tinamous (Tinamidae).
Histological seasonal change in ovaries of spotted Tinamous, related to gonadotrope population.
The ostrich's closest living relatives, the rheas, emu, cassowaries, kiwis, and tinamous, are found in the New World or islands of the southern hemisphere--and it's likely that they, too, rafted away on their own pieces of the former Gondwanaland.
The study used molecular dating of the mitochondrial DNA from the moa, which stood 2.5 metres tall and weighed up to 250 kilograms, and found its closest relative to be the tinamous - a flighted bird the size of quail, found in South America.