Family Tinamous (Tinamidae)

Least Concern

Patagonian Tinamou (Tinamotis ingoufi)


French: Tinamou de Patagonie German: Patagoniensteißhuhn Spanish: Kiula patagona

Tinamotis ingoufi


, 1890,

Santa Cruz, Patagonia


Very closely related to T. pentlandii. Monotypic.


S Chile (Aisén and Magallanes, but no recent reports) and SW Argentina (W Río Negro to S Santa Cruz).

Descriptive notes

33–37·5 cm. Distinctive, with striped head and neck, contrastingly patterned upperparts and breast, and rufous-cinnamon remiges; short legs have no hind toe. Has... read more


Mellow, desolate disyllabic whistle, “peeeuuuu”, nearly 1 second in duration. Sings... read more


Grassland and savanna steppes, at 200–800 m; also dry meadows, sheltered valleys with dense,... read more

Food and feeding

Not well known. Diet mainly leaves and shoots of Pernetyia pumila, and seeds of box‑leaved barberry (Berberis buxifolia... read more


Season Oct–Jan; nesting period probably mid Nov–mid Dec. Nest a simple scrape in sandy soil. Clutch 8–12 eggs, and... read more


Resident. Tends to move to areas near coast in winter.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Generally uncommon in Argentine range; numbers apparently diminish following harsh winters with heavy snowfall. Extremely rare in... read more

Recommended citation

Cabot, J., Christie, D.A., Jutglar, F. & Sharpe, C.J. (2019). Patagonian Tinamou (Tinamotis ingoufi). 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 7 December 2019).