Family Tinamous (Tinamidae)


Lesser Nothura (Nothura minor)


French: Petit Tinamou German: Wachtelsteißhuhn Spanish: Tinamú menor

Tinamus minor


, 1825,

Minas Gerais, Brazil




Scattered localities in SC & SE Brazil (S Mato Grosso, S Goiás and Minas Gerais S to São Paulo; possibly extinct in Santa Catarina). Recently found in CE Paraguay (San Pedro#R).

Descriptive notes

18–19·5 cm; male 158–174 g, female c. 158 g. Smallest member of genus, usually standing in very upright posture. Plumage quite variable; darker birds... read more


Utters series of long, high, metallic whistles, “peee peeeeee-peeep peeep peeep peeeeee... read more


Grassland and scrub of tropical zone in dense cerrado and also more open campo‑cerrado... read more

Food and feeding

No information available.


No information available. Season probably Oct–Feb.


Presumably sedentary.

Status and conservation

VULNERABLE. Very little information available; generally considered rare, possibly locally uncommon. Currently known from few sites. Since 1980, recorded in Brazil in Bras... read more

Recommended citation

Cabot, J., Christie, D.A., Jutglar, F., Bonan, A. & Sharpe, C.J. (2019). Lesser Nothura (Nothura minor). 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 November 2019).