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Observations of the tinamou Rhynchotus rufescens (Aves, Tinamiformes, Tinamidae) inside Reserva Natural Vale, Linhares, Espírito Santo, southeastern Brazil

The present communication reports records of the tinamou (Rhynchotus rufescens) made in the interior of the forested area of Reserva Natural Vale (RNV). This reserve has a large area (21,787 ha) and is covered predominantly by primary forests. Six tinamou sightings were obtained between 2005 and 2007 in places located within the forest from 70 to 5,500 m of distance to the nearest forest edge, indicating that this Cerrado-dwelling tinamou is using the forested interior of the reserve. Previous observations and reports from other authors had already confirmed the presence of this bird in open areas adjacent to the RNV and Sooretama Biological Reserve, which is contiguous to the former, however this is the first time this tinamou is observed within the forest. The potential impacts the entrance of this bird represents to other tinamou species, like contamination with parasites and pathogens and the introduction of exotic grass species, are briefly discussed.

Atlantic forest; fragmentation; exotic species

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