Family Tinamous (Tinamidae)

Least Concern

Chaco Nothura (Nothura chacoensis)


French: Tinamou du Chaco German: Chacosteißhuhn Spanish: Tinamú chaqueño

Nothura maculosa chacoensis


, 1937,

Paraguayan Chaco


Sometimes considered conspecific with N. maculosa, but separated on grounds of sympatry in Paraguay, although degree of hybridization remains uncertain. Both are thought to be closely related to N. darwinii. Argentine records of present species erroneous, pertaining to type specimens of N. maculosa paludivaga#R. Monotypic.


N & NC Paraguay (W of R Paraguay), probably N to Bolivian border.

Descriptive notes

23–25 cm. Forehead and crown are brownish to rufous-brown with black spots and bars; otherwise, plumage is ochraceous buff above, neck with darker markings, upperparts... read more


No information available.


Arid and semi arid grassland with thornbush thickets; also open woodland.

Food and feeding

No information available.


Season Sept–Nov (austral spring–summer). No other information.


Presumably sedentary.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Fairly common and reasonably widespread within Chaco region. Overgrazing has prevented natural cycle of fires and allowed invasion of... read more

Recommended citation

Cabot, J., Jutglar, F. & Sharpe, C.J. (2019). Chaco Nothura (Nothura chacoensis). 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 23 April 2019).