Temporal range: Miocene–present Mid-Miocene to present
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- Rhynchotus (2 species)
- Nothoprocta (6 species)
- Nothura (5 species)
- Taoniscus (monotypic) - dwarf tinamou
- Eudromia (2 species)
- Tinamotis (2 species)
These birds, as a member of the tinamou, are ground birds that prefer to run and walk, but will fly when needed.
They are related to the ratites (emus, ostriches, kiwis, and rheas), and are placed with them in the Paleognathae. All of these birds evolved from ancient birds that did fly and tinamous are believed to be a still living primitive family closely related to these ancient birds.
Range and habitat
- Brown, Joseph W. (2005). "Tinamiformes, Tinamidae, tinamous". Tree of Life Web Project. Retrieved 16 Jul 2009.
- Davies, S. J. J. F. (2003). "Tinamous (Tinamidae)". In Hutchins, Michael; Jackson, Jerome A.; Bock, Walter J. et al.. Grzimek's Animal Life Encyclopedia. 8 Birds I Tinamous and Ratites to Hoatzins. Joseph E. Trumpey, Chief Scientific Illustrator (2nd ed.). Farmington Hills, MI: Gale Group. pp. 57–67. ISBN 0-7876-5784-0.
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