Definitions for: Tinamou


[n] heavy-bodied small-winged South American game bird resembling a gallinaceous bird but related to the ratite birds



Webster (1913) Definition: Tin"a*mou, n. [From the native name: cf. F. tinamous.]
(Zo["o]l.)
Any one of several species of South American birds belonging
to Tinamus and allied genera.

Note: In general appearance and habits they resemble grouse
and partridges, but in anatomical characters they are
allied to the ostriches and other struthious birds.
Their wings are of moderate length, and they are able
to fly a considerable distance.

Synonyms: partridge

See Also: family Tinamidae, game bird, Tinamidae

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