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Elegant Crested Tinamou

Eudromia elegans

Did you know?

  • These birds are stocky and round with short tails and rounded wings.
  • They are terrestrial, meaning they live predominantly on land. They typically only fly when startled.
  • Their favorite foods include insects, seeds, fruit and leaves.
  • Courting behaviors are started by the female; she will chase a male until he chases her back.
  • They are closely related to the ostrich and emu.

Emerald Eggs

The eggs laid by these birds are bright green and as highly glossed as porcelain.

Daddy Duties

Once the female has laid eggs, she abandons them to the male, who sits on them and raises the chicks.

Threat Level

  • Unknown
  • Common
  • Near Threatened
  • Threatened
  • Endangered
  • Critically Endangered
  • Extinct in the Wild


The Elegant Crested Tinamou is widespread and abundant.


Southern Chile and Argentina



We care about elegant crested tinamous

The Saint Louis Zoo supports elegant crested tinamous in the Bird House at the Zoo. Learn more about how we are helping wildlife around the world.

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Historic Hill

Historic Hill is a lovely stroll through one of the oldest parts of the Saint Louis Zoo. From the 1904 World’s Fair Flight Cage to the Spanish architectural flavor of the 1920s in the Bird House, Primate House and Herpetarium to the finishing touches of our thoroughly modern exhibits, this area of the Zoo has a unique ambiance and a nostalgic history that make it a great destination.

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