April 9, 2015
Central Ornithology Publication Office
One of the world's least-known birds, the black tinamou, is finally coming to light thanks to the persistence of a small group of researchers. A study presents new ecological information as well as some of the first video and sound recordings of this elusive species.
The Black Tinamou is a chicken-sized bird found in the foothills of the eastern Andes, where it lives in tall, dense primary forest. It is extremely difficult to observe due to its secretive habitats and cryptic coloration. For their study, Negret and his colleagues focused on the southern Colombia subspecies, doing daily censuses in Alto Fragua Indi Wasi National Park, recording vocalizations, and setting up camera traps to capture images and video.