Family Tinamous (Tinamidae)

Least Concern

Brushland Tinamou (Nothoprocta cinerascens)


French: Tinamou sauvageon German: Cordobasteißhuhn Spanish: Tinamú montaraz

Nothura cinerascens


, 1860,

Tucumán, Argentina


Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • N. c. cinerascens (Burmeister, 1860) – SE Bolivia (Tarija) S to NW Paraguay (Chaco) and NW & C Argentina (Jujuy and Formosa S to extreme NE Río Negro and S Buenos Aires).
  • N. c. parvimaculata Olrog, 1959 – arid brush of NW Argentina (E La Rioja).
  • Descriptive notes

    30–33 cm; male 433–493 g, female 375–615 g. Typical drab-looking tinamou with longish and curved bill, erectile crown feathers and heavily marked plumage,... read more


    Male song a far-carrying series of usually 6–10 clear monosyllabic whistles, sometimes more (... read more


    Typical species of Chaco region. Found in semi‑arid terrain with scattered bushes, xerophilous... read more

    Food and feeding

    Diet largely animal, also some plant matter. Animals include insects, e.g. ants (Formicidae), cicadas Cicadidae), beetles (Coleoptera),... read more


    Season Sept–Apr; male normally attempts to raise two or more broods every season. Male establishes home range in Sept, size 19–... read more


    Presumably sedentary. Males move erratically around territory, normally covering much less than 1... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Fairly common in much of range. Evidence of extension to N... read more

    Recommended citation

    Cabot, J., Christie, D.A., Jutglar, F., Sharpe, C.J. & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). Brushland Tinamou (Nothoprocta cinerascens). 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 on 21 August 2019).