Family Tinamous (Tinamidae)

Least Concern

White-bellied Nothura (Nothura boraquira)


French: Tinamou boraquira German: Weißbauch-Steißhuhn Spanish: Tinamú ventriblanco

Tinamus boraquira


, 1825,

Minas Gerais, Brazil




NE Brazil (Piauí, Ceará and Paraíba S to Minas Gerais), and E Bolivia (Santa Cruz) to N Paraguay (drier parts of Chaco).

Descriptive notes

26–28·5 cm; 239–337 g. Variable plumage, some individuals considerably duller brownish than described below. Feathers of forehead and crown black with... read more


Song a high-pitched long “peeea” note, falling at end, repeated at intervals of 3... read more


Tropical zone; dry pastures and grassland, with thornbush scrub and scattered trees. In Brazil... read more

Food and feeding

No information on diet available. Lives in small groups.


Nests with eggs or incubating adults recorded at least in Dec, Mar, May and Jun, and small chicks in Dec and Jan. Eggs (2–6) brown-... read more


Presumably sedentary.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Status little known; probably uncommon and decreasing. Habitats threatened by agricultural development in much of its range,... read more

Recommended citation

Cabot, J., Jutglar, F., Garcia, E.F.J. & Sharpe, C.J. (2020). White-bellied Nothura (Nothura boraquira). 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 February 2020).