Gray crypturellus (lat. Crypturellus cinereus) is a representative of the genus Tinamu-Crypturellus, the Tinamu family, the Tinamu-like order.
Description. Gray Crypturellus is a shy and unassuming member of the Tinamu family. Its body length is 29-32 cm, males weigh about 430 g, and females about 550-600 g.
This species can be dark brown to gray-brown in color. The most common color is smoky gray with a reddish-brown crown and nape. This color allows them to merge with the environment and become invisible to predators. Their legs vary in color from dull orange to yellow. They have light rings around their eyes, the upper mandible is dark, and the lower jaw is yellow.
Behavior. Gray crypturellus are diurnal. When they are frightened or notice something out of the ordinary, they tend to run away quickly. Their instincts work quickly, at the slightest rustle they run away, so a person rarely manages to meet them in nature. Gray crypturellus can fly, but over short distances, so they prefer to walk or run. They usually live alone or in pairs, and rarely gather in groups.
Reproduction. The breeding season for gray crypturellus lasts all year, thanks to the favorable climate in which they live. At the same time, there is a period of the most active mating, which takes place from August to October, with the exception of representatives of the species living in Colombia, where it takes place in June. Gray crypturellus build nests on the ground, choosing a secluded place for this, usually near trees. The female lays 1-2 eggs, they are purple.