Family Tinamous (Tinamidae)


Hooded Tinamou (Nothocercus nigrocapillus)


French: Tinamou à capuchon German: Kapuzentinamu Spanish: Tinamú cabecinegro

Tinamus nigrocapillus

G. R. Gray

, 1867,

central Bolivia


Morphologically closest to N. bonapartei#R#R#R. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • N. n. cadwaladeri Carriker, 1933 – E slope of Andes in N Peru (W Amazonas to San Martín).
  • N. n. nigrocapillus (G. R. Gray, 1867) – EC Peru S to C Bolivia (Cochabamba).
  • Descriptive notes

    32–35 cm. Nominate race has head and nape slate-grey to blackish, becoming deep brown with blackish vermiculation over neck; upperparts similar in pattern, but rich... read more


    Little known. Call in S Peru a downward-inflected “aow”, repeated continuously.... read more


    Humid forest of subtropical and, less often, temperate zones, at 1300–2500 m (locally to 3200... read more

    Food and feeding

    Few data. Perhaps omnivorous; has been seen to take fallen bamboo seeds.


    No information available.


    Presumably sedentary.

    Status and conservation

    VULNERABLE. Uplisted from Least Concern in 2012. Little known; apparently tends to occur at low densities, ranging from local and uncommon to fairly common. Thought to be... read more

    Recommended citation

    Cabot, J., Jutglar, F., Garcia, E.F.J. & Sharpe, C.J. (2020). Hooded Tinamou (Nothocercus nigrocapillus). 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 February 2020).