White-bellied Nothura (Nothura boraquira)

White-bellied Nothura

[order] TINAMIFORMES | [family] Tinamidae | [latin] Nothura boraquira | [authority] Spix, 1825 | [UK] White-bellied Nothura | [FR] Tinamou boraquira | [DE] Weissbauch-Steisshuhn | [ES] Tinamu Ventriblanco | [NL] Witbuiknothura


Genus Species subspecies Region Range
Nothura boraquira SA se


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

Physical charateristics

The White-bellied Nothura is approximately 27 cm in length. Its upper parts are light brown and barred black with white streaks. Its throat is white, its foreneck is buff with black streaking, its breast is buff and its belly is white. Its crown is dark brown and the sides of its head are buff. The legs are bright yellow and the inner webs of its primaries are uniformly dark, unlike in the closely related Spotted Nothura.

Listen to the sound of White-bellied Nothura

[audio:http://www.planetofbirds.com/MASTER/TINAMIFORMES/Tinamidae/sounds/White-bellied Nothura.mp3]

Copyright remark: Most sounds derived from xeno-canto

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South America : Southeast


Favors dry pastures and grassland. Also found in thornbush scrub and grassland with scattered trees. IN Brazil found in desne and open caatinga and cerrado.


No much is known, lays 3-5 chocolate eggs.

Feeding habits

No data

Video White-bellied Nothura


copyright: Jose de Alencar Bonafe


This species has an extremely 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.
White-bellied Nothura status Least Concern


Sedentary in all of its range, but not well known

Distribution map

White-bellied Nothura distribution range map

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