; class Aves, order Tinamiformes)
A family of medium-sized, dumpy birds which have brown and grey, cryptically patterned plumage. Their bills are short to long and slightly decurved, and they have longish necks, short, rounded wings, and very short tails. Their legs are strong and short to long. They are terrestrial, preferring to run rather than fly. They inhabit forest, brush, and grassland, feed on fruit and seeds, and nest on the ground, often in a scrape. The 20 species of Crypturellus are typical. There are nine genera, with 46 species, found in Central and S. America.
Subjects: Zoology and Animal Sciences.