Family Tinamous (Tinamidae)

Least Concern

Curve-billed Tinamou (Nothoprocta curvirostris)


French: Tinamou curvirostre German: Krummschnabel-Steißhuhn Spanish: Tinamú del páramo

Nothoprocta curvirostris

P. L. Sclater and Salvin

, 1873,

Pichincha, Ecuador


An analysis of phenotypic characters suggests that this species is possibly sister to N. perdicaria#R. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • N. c. curvirostris P. L. Sclater & Salvin, 1873 – NC Ecuador (from Mt Pichincha) S in Andes to N Peru (N Cajamarca).
  • N. c. peruviana Taczanowski, 1886 – N & C Peru (NC Cajamarca and Amazonas S to Huánuco).
  • Descriptive notes

    26–29·5 cm; 372–380 g. Bill fairly long, pointed and decurved, ground colour of chest down to lower underparts ochre to cinnamon-rufous. Nominate race has... read more


    Series of three whistled notes, the first lower-pitched than others, repeated at five-second... read more


    Humid and semi‑arid zones of puna and páramo, at 2800–3900 m. Found... read more

    Food and feeding

    No information available.


    Season Jan–Aug. Eggs chocolate-brown; chick heavily streaked black, whitish and brown. No other information.


    Presumably sedentary.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Generally scarce to uncommon and rather local; perhaps commoner in some places. Difficult to see. Inaccessibility of habitat and... read more

    Recommended citation

    Cabot, J., Jutglar, F., Garcia, E.F.J. & Sharpe, C.J. (2019). Curve-billed Tinamou (Nothoprocta curvirostris). 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 13 December 2019).