Eudromia elegans

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.

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: main image, Rick Spears.