Temporal range: Miocene–present Mid-Miocene to present
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These birds, like other tinamous, are ground birds that prefer to run and walk, but will fly when they must.
The tinamous are related to the ratites (emus, ostriches, kiwis, and rheas), and are grouped with them in the superorder Paleognathae. All of these birds evolved from ancient birds that did fly; the tinamous are a primitive family closely related to these ancient birds.
Tinamous eat leaves, buds, small fruits, and seeds, and will eat insects for variety.
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 (2 ed.). Farmington Hills, MI: Gale Group. pp. 57–67. ISBN 0 7876 5784 0.
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