Family Tinamous (Tinamidae)

Least Concern

Andean Tinamou (Nothoprocta pentlandii)


Taxonomy

French: Tinamou des Andes German: Andensteißhuhn Spanish: Tinamú andino
Taxonomy:

Rhynchotus Pentlandii

G. R. Gray

, 1867,

Andes of Bolivia

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A distinct race, as yet undescribed, apparently inhabits S coast of Peru#R. Eight subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • N. p. ambigua Cory, 1915 – Andes of SW Ecuador and NW Peru.
  • N. p. oustaleti Berlepsch & Stolzmann, 1901 – CW & SW Peru.
  • N. p. niethammeri Koepcke, 1968 – coastal C Peru.
  • N. p. fulvescens Berlepsch, 1902 – SE Peru (Cuzco).
  • N. p. pentlandii (G. R. Gray, 1867) – SE Peru (Puno) through W Bolivia (La Paz S to Cochabamba and Potosí) to NW Argentina (S to La Rioja and Santiago del Estero); also extreme N Chile (N Tarapacá), where no recent records.
  • N. p. patriciae Hoy, 1987 – NW Argentina (Salta)#R.
  • N. p. mendozae Banks & Bohl, 1968 – WC Argentina (Mendoza to Neuquén).
  • N. p. doeringi Cabanis, 1878 – C Argentina (Córdoba and San Luis).
  • Descriptive notes

    25·5–30 cm; 211–330 g (race doeringi), 301–384 g (race mendozae). Rather drab-looking bird with much grey on foreparts, bill... read more

    Voice

    Gives mellow whistles and trills. Territorial call a short series of (usually 2–3) clear... read more

    Habitat

    Steep slopes of semi‑arid valleys, mostly at 1500–3600 m, but in places above 4000 m.... read more

    Food and feeding

    Seeds, shoots, buds and small fleshy fruits; also cultivated crops, such as potatoes and barley (Hordeum vulgare); also insect... read more

    Breeding

    Season mainly Sept–Feb (austral spring/summer), but recorded also in Jul–Aug in W Peru. Nest a depression 15 cm wide and 7 cm... read more

    Movements

    Presumably sedentary.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Locally common: uncommon and local in Ecuador, fairly common in Peru, extremely rare in Chile. Tendency to hide away in dense... read more

    Recommended citation

    Cabot, J., Jutglar, F. & Sharpe, C.J. (2018). Andean Tinamou (Nothoprocta pentlandii). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from https://www.hbw.com/node/52444 on 21 January 2018).