Family Tinamous (Tinamidae)

Least Concern

Puna Tinamou (Tinamotis pentlandii)


French: Tinamou quioula German: Punasteißhuhn Spanish: Kiula andina

Tinamotis Pentlandii


, 1837,



Very closely related to T. ingoufi. Monotypic.


Highlands from C Peru (S from Junín) and W Bolivia (S from La Paz and Cochabamba) to N Chile (S to E Antofagasta and Atacama) and NW Argentina (Jujuy and W Salta S to N & W Catamarca).

Descriptive notes

39–42·5 cm; 790–1000 g. Large and bulky tinamou with short legs lacking hind toe, and striped head and neck. Has forehead to most of central hindcrown... read more


Rather melodious call transliterated as “kewla-kewlakewla”, almost flute-like in... read more


Grassland, bare steppe and desert of puna, at 4000–5300 m; highest altitude species... read more

Food and feeding

Apparently more herbivorous than other tinamous; three stomachs from Bolivia yielded leaves, fresh shoots, buds and flowers of Adesmia... read more


Season Jun–Aug in Peru; in austral summer in S of range, Nov in Bolivia and from Sept/Oct in Chile, where large chicks capable of... read more


Presumably sedentary. Reported as descending from summits to valleys in bad weather, returning... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Generally scarce, but poorly known; fairly common in zone where Bolivia, Peru and Chile meet. In 1990s, in Argentina, found in W... read more

Recommended citation

Cabot, J., Christie, D.A., Jutglar, F., Boesman, P., Sharpe, C.J. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). Puna Tinamou (Tinamotis pentlandii). 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 27 January 2020).