Shy secretive birds that would rather run and
hide than fly. They are more often heard than seen.
Most Tinamous are polygynandrous the male defends a territory the females
are often in a group of up to four. The male will mate with all four who will lay three to
four eggs each in his nest, which is usually lined with grass and leaves. He then tends
the eggs and subsequent young. The females will repeat the process with other males.
This benefits the females as if one nest falls
victim to a predator her genes will be safe in other nests.
The Ornate Tinamou is the exception the female
defends the territory.
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