Family Tinamous (Tinamidae)

Least Concern

Tawny-breasted Tinamou (Nothocercus julius)


French: Tinamou à tête rousse German: Gelbbrusttinamu Spanish: Tinamú cabecirrojo

Tinamus julius


, 1854,



Morphologically the most distinctive member of genus#R#R#R. Monotypic.


Andes, from extreme W Venezuela (Páramo de Tamá) S through C Colombia to Ecuador (Pichincha and E slopes); N & C Peru (Piura patchily S to Cuzco).

Descriptive notes

35–41 cm. Variable in plumage, some specimens very rufescent and others dull olivaceous brown. Cap is dull chestnut to sooty brown, face and side of head slightly paler... read more


Series of short, rather unmusical and relatively high-pitched trills; loud 2-note whistle reported... read more


Rainforest and cloudforest with tree‑ferns, and with epiphytes such as bromeliads, moss, lichens... read more

Food and feeding

Little known. Diet apparently fallen seeds and fruits, supplemented with some animal matter. Usually solitary or in small groups.


Season Jun–Aug in Colombia. Downy chick is similar in coloration to adult, with black markings on head. No other information.


Presumably sedentary.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Uncommon to locally fairly common in suitable habitat. Thought to be decreasing slowly in numbers. Its habitat has become fragmented... read more

Recommended citation

Cabot, J., Jutglar, F. & Sharpe, C.J. (2020). Tawny-breasted Tinamou (Nothocercus julius). 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 9 April 2020).