A ground-dwelling tropical American bird that looks somewhat like a grouse but is related to the ratites.
- Family Tinamidae: several genera and many species.
- However chickens are closely related to tinamous and the ratites by post-cranial anatomy, particularly the structure of the clavicle.
- Cracids have also been noted to consume eggs of pigeons, hummingbirds and tinamous.
- For example, ratites and tinamous have sole male incubation, but communal laying apparently occurs in only a few of these species.
Late 18th century: via French from Galibi tinamu.
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