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Eudromia elegans

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Eudromia elegans

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This living dinosaur is also known by its common name, the Martineta tinamou. It lives in Central and South America. Due to its large body size and tiny wings, these birds cannot fly. Instead, they run quickly on their strong legs. Tinamous are famous for their lovely songs and colorful eggs.

What's for Lunch, Dad?
The day after tinamous hatch, the father tinamou coaxes the young out of the nest with soft whistles and whining tones. From time to time, he'll pick up an insect and shake it in his beak. He'll then place the insect down in front of one of the babies for it to pick up and eat. The young develop quickly and leave the nest less than a month after they're born.

What do tinamous eat most of the time?

big leafy plants

other birds

small fruit and seeds

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Tinamous mostly eat seeds and fruit from the ground and low branches. Occasionally, they'll eat small insects.

When a tinamou is scared, it will sometimes press its head and body close to the ground and stick its hind end in the air.

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Not only that, but when some tinamous are scared, they run for cover because they can't fly.

Only the male tinamou cares for its young.

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Male tinamous attract several females by singing to them. Females lay their eggs in his nest and the male cares for the eggs.

Scientific Name: Eudromia elegans
Pronunciation: yoo-DROH-mee-uh EH-leh-gahnz
Common Name: tinamou
Meaning: "good runner"
Locality Found: Central and South America
Age: living today
Length: 20 to 50 centimeters (8-20 inches) long
Weight: 0.5 to 2.25 kilograms (1 to 5 pounds)
Characteristics: Since these primitive birds have small wings, the tinamou spends most of its time on the ground. Tinamou eggs are shiny and come in beautiful colors.

Image credits: Rick Spears.