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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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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
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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We describe a new avian HBV causing severe hepatitis in the elegant-crested tinamou (Eudromia elegans), a member of the ancient group of birds the Palaeognathae, which includes emus (Dromaius novaehollandiae) and ostriches (Struthio spp.).
In Spanish the word for partridge is perdiz, a name now synonymous for hunting the perdiz (properly spotted tinamou in Argentina and elsewhere in South America).
This was in consistent with the findings of Chikilian and Speroni (1996) in tinamou, Suganuma et al.
The thickness of the cuticle was 112-140 mm, but that of the Tinamou was 243-534 mm (Chikilian & De Speroni, 1996).
A metade Xiapuniri observa tabu alimentar em relacao a arara, inambu preto (Cinereous tinamou) e ao inambu-galinha (Tinamus guttatus); ja os integrantes do Mey' temanet sao proibidos de consumir caititu (Tayassu pecari), quati (Nasua nasua) e tamuata (Megalechis thoracata).
SCHELSKY, W.,2004.--Research and conservation of forest-dependent tinamou species in Amazonia Peru.
Twenty species were photographed both on and off trails; great tinamou (Tinamus major) and giant armadillo were only recorded off trails and jaguars were recorded only on trails.
3 24 124 Birds Crested Guan Penelope purpurescens 7 -- -- Great curassow Crax rubra 70 78 23 Plain Chachalaca Ortalis vetula 6 15 38 Thicket Tinamou Crypturellus cinnamomeus 4 6 2 Wild turkey Meleagris gallopavo -- 2 7 Table 3.
(e) It is true that he tried to redeem himself and, in the 1887 edition, added: "The jacutinga, and even the tinamou and the jacu may be prepared in the same manner as woodcocks" (13).
In his Sinfonia de Brazilia he incorporated sounds of the jao and the tinamou. His horror at the destruction of the Brazilian rainforests was often voiced to his friends and fans.
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