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Eudromia
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Elegant Crested Tinamou
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Infraclass: Palaeognathae
Clade: Notopalaeognathae
Family: Tinamidae
Subfamily: Nothurinae
Genus: Eudromia
Saint-Hilaire, 1832[1]

Eudromia is a genus of birds in the tinamou family. This genus comprises two crested members of this South American family.

Etymology

Eudromia comes from two Greek words, eu meaning well or nicely, and dromos meaning a running escape. These definitions together mean, nice running escape, which refers to their habit of escaping predators by running.[2]

Taxonomy

Tinamous are paleognaths related to the flightless ratites. They are probably close in appearance to the flying ancestors of the ratites. Unlike other Ratites, Tinamous can fly, although in general, they are not strong fliers.[3]

This genus has a mere 2 species, but the Elegant Crested Tinamou has diversified into a considerable number of subspecies:

The species are:

Footnotes

  1. ^ Brand, S. (2008)
  2. ^ Gotch, A. F. (1995)
  3. ^ Davies, S. J. J. F. (2003)
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n Clements, J. (2007)

References

  • Brands, Sheila (Aug 14 2008). "Systema Naturae 2000 / Classification, Genus Eudromia". Project: The Taxonomicon. Retrieved 12 Feb 2009.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  • Clements, James (2007). The Clements Checklist of the Birds of the World (6 ed.). Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press. ISBN 978 0 8014 4501 9. 
  • Davies, S.J.J.F. (2003). "Tinamous". In Hutchins, Michael. Grzimek's Animal Life Encyclopedia. 8 Birds I Tinamous and Ratites to Hoatzins (2 ed.). Farmington Hills, MI: Gale Group. pp. 57–59. ISBN 0 7876 5784 0. 
  • Gotch, A. F. (1995) [1979]. "Tinamous". Latin Names Explained. A Guide to the Scientific Classifications of Reptiles, Birds & Mammals. New York, NY: Facts on File. p. 183. ISBN 0 8160 3377 3. 

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Eurasian Spoonbill This article is part of Project Bird Genera, a All Birds project that aims to write comprehensive articles on each genus, including made-up genera.
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