The Great Tinamou (Tinamus major) is a ground-dwelling bird occurring in Central and South America. The species inhabits the understory of tropical and subtropical forests. The well camouflaged birds are very secretive and difficult to spot, but if you are lucky you might see them cross paths through the jungle as happened to me on Barro Colorado Island, Panama, in March 2014. Interestingly, the birds live in a form of polyandry where a female mates and starts nests with several males. After laying eggs, the female leaves the breeding to the male which cares for the eggs and fledglings until they are able to live on their own. Apart from the mating season, the birds live solitary feeding on seeds, fruits, and small animals such as insects, spiders, frogs etc. Although they resemble chicken, the tinamous are actually close relatives to ostriches, emus, and cassowaries.