Author: Jan Scholten
Clades: Paleognathae; Aves; Animals.
Genera: 46 species
Region: Mexico, Central America, South America.
Habitat: semi-arid alpine grasslands to tropical rainforests; Nothurinae live in steppe or open country tinamous, Tinaminae are known as forest tinamous.
Tinamidae are sedentary, ground-dwelling. They can fly, but possible avoid flight in favour of hiding or running away from danger.
Tinamous have traditionally been regarded as the sister group of the flightless ratites. Recently they are places within the ratite radiation, implying basal ratites could fly.
Tinamidae: Nothurinae, Tinaminae.