Tawny-breasted Tinamou (Nothocercus julius)

Tawny-breasted Tinamou

[order] TINAMIFORMES | [family] Tinamidae | [latin] Nothocercus julius | [authority] Bonaparte, 1854 | [UK] Tawny-breasted Tinamou | [FR] Tinamou a tete rousse | [DE] Gelbbrust-Tinamu | [ES] Tinamu Cabecirrojo | [NL] Roodkoptinamoe


Genus Species subspecies Region Range
Nothocercus julius SA Venezuela to Peru


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

Both sexes are similar, with a whitish throat and a densely barred body except for a plain cinnamon breast and belly.

Listen to the sound of Tawny-breasted Tinamou

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

Copyright remark: Most sounds derived from xeno-canto

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South America : Venezuela to Peru. The Tawny-breasted Tinamou is a denizen of secondary growth and forest edge of moist and semi-humid forest in middle to high elevations on the eastern slope of the northern Andes in Peru, Ecuador, Colombia and Venezuela.


Tropical wet forest in higher altitudes. Prefers more open areas with small trees and is sometimes found in second growth


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Feeding habits

No data

Video Tawny-breasted Tinamou


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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.
Tawny-breasted Tinamou status Least Concern


Sedentary in all of its range, but not well known

Distribution map

Tawny-breasted Tinamou distribution range map

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