Patagonian Tinamou (Tinamotis ingoufi)

Patagonian Tinamou

[order] TINAMIFORMES | [family] Tinamidae | [latin] Tinamotis ingoufi | [authority] Oustalet, 1890 | [UK] Patagonian Tinamou | [FR] Tinamou de Patagonie | [DE] Patagonien-Steisshuhn | [ES] Inambu Patagonico | [NL] Patagonische Tinamoe


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. Taoniscus is a genus of birds in the tinamou family. This genus comprises two members of this South American family.

Physical charateristics

The Patagonian Tinamou is approximately 35 centimetres in length. Its upper parts are grey spotted with black, its throat is white, its breast is rufous and its belly is cinnamon.

Listen to the sound of Patagonian Tinamou

[audio: Tinamou.mp3]

Copyright remark: Most sounds derived from xeno-canto

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South America : Southern Cone


Grassland and savanna steppes up to 800 meters. Likes dry meadows and valleys with lots of shelter. Avoids open spaces, bur sometimes near coast.


Nest is a small and simple scrape usually sandy ground. Clutch size is 8-15 dark olive buff speckled eggs.

Feeding habits

Not much known, leaves, shhots and seeds of different plants

Video Patagonian Tinamou


copyright: Jose del Hoyo


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). The population trend appears to be stable, and hence the species does not 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.
Patagonian Tinamou status Least Concern


Sedentary in all of its range, but not well known

Distribution map

Patagonian Tinamou distribution range map

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