Hooded Tinamou (Nothocercus nigrocapillus)

Hooded Tinamou

[order] TINAMIFORMES | [family] Tinamidae | [latin] Nothocercus nigrocapillus | [authority] G. R. Gray, 1867 | [UK] Hooded Tinamou | [FR] Tinamou a capuchon | [DE] Kapuzentinamu | [ES] Tinamu Cabecinegro | [NL] Zwartkaptinamoe


Monotypic species


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. Nothocercus is a genus of birds in the Tinamou family. Most of this family are flightless birds, with nothocerus being the exception, as they can fly, albeit, not too well. This genus comprises three members of this South American family

Physical charateristics

Hooded Tinamou is light brown above and narrowly freckled with black in color. It is paler below with dusky bars, belly pale-spotted, and averages 33 cm in length

Listen to the sound of Hooded Tinamou

[audio:http://www.planetofbirds.com/MASTER/TINAMIFORMES/Tinamidae/sounds/Hooded Tinamou.mp3]

Copyright remark: Most sounds derived from xeno-canto

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South America : Peru, Bolivia


The hooded tinamou is found in montane moist forest up to 1550-3000 m


No data

Feeding habits

Might be omnivorous. Fruit, insects and seeds re the main ingredients.

Video Hooded Tinamou


copyright: Keith Blomerley


This species has a very large range, and hence does not approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the range size criterion (Extent of Occurrence <20,000 km2 combined with a declining or fluctuating range size, habitat extent/quality, or population size and a small number of locations or severe fragmentation). Despite the fact that the population trend appears to be decreasing, the decline is not believed to be sufficiently rapid to approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the population trend criterion (>30% decline over ten years or three generations). The population size has not been quantified, but it is not believed to approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the population size criterion (<10,000 mature individuals with a continuing decline estimated to be >10% in ten years or three generations, or with a specified population structure). For these reasons the species is evaluated as Least Concern.
Hooded Tinamou status Least Concern


Sedentary in all of its range, but not well known

Distribution map

Hooded Tinamou distribution range map

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