Elegant Crested Tinamou

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The Elegant Crested Tinamou or Martineta Tinamou (Eudromia elegans) is a medium-sized tinamou that can be found in southern Chile and Argentina in shrubland.

Their diet, during the winter, consists mainly of seeds, leaves, fruit and insects, but in the summer it east mainly insects. The nest is a hollow on the ground formed by both birds and situated close to a low bush. The male incubates the eggs and raises the young. When the young chicks hatch, they are down-covered and can run. They leave the nest almost immediately.

 

Conservation Status: Least Concern
Least Concern - LC

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Here are a few fun facts:

  • Tinamous can fly, although in general, they are not strong fliers. All ratites evolved from prehistoric flying birds, and Tinamous are the closest living relative of these birds!
  • The feet have no hind toes and the bluish or greyish legs are short and strong, as they are highly terrestrial bird.
  • The diet, during the winter, consists mainly of seeds, leaves, fruit and insects, but in the summer it east mainly insects.

Park Hours

Open 7 days a week
April 1 st – October 31 st:
10:00 am to 5:00 pm

November 1 st – March 31 st:
10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day

Admission Prices

Adults 12 & over $7.00

Children 3 to 11 $5.00

Seniors 65+ $6.00

Children 2 years and under — FREE

Our Location

Charles Paddock Zoo is located at 9100 Morro Road, Atascadero, CA 93422

Contact Us

Phone: 805.461.5080

Email us at info@charlespaddockzoo.org

zooeducation@atascadero.org

 

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