Family Tinamous (Tinamidae)

Near Threatened

White-throated Tinamou (Tinamus guttatus)


French: Tinamou à gorge blanche German: Weißkehltinamu Spanish: Tinamú moteado

Tinamus guttatus


, 1863,





SE Colombia (Caquetá and Putumayo) and S Venezuela (W Amazonas) S, E of Andes, to N Bolivia and E to N Brazil (N Pará and NW Maranhão).

Descriptive notes

32–36 cm; male 623–652 g, female 680–800 g. Generally drab to brown with mottled back and wings. Has forehead and crown mostly grey, becoming mottled buff... read more


Long, mournful hoot, “ooo” or “ooo ooo”, up to c. 3 seconds in duration;... read more


Primary tropical rainforest, typically in terra firme; to 500 m.

Food and feeding

Diet mostly seeds, also some invertebrates; two stomachs from Brazil yielded 150 ants (Formicidae), 18 seeds and some fine sand. Often... read more


Little information available. Season Mar–Apr in N of range (upper Orinoco area) and Aug–Oct in S. Clutch 5–6 turquoise... read more


Presumably sedentary.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near Threatened. Uplisted from Least Concern in 2012: based on a model of future deforestation in the Amazon basin,... read more

Recommended citation

Cabot, J., Jutglar, F., Garcia, E.F.J. & Sharpe, C.J. (2020). White-throated Tinamou (Tinamus guttatus). 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 25 February 2020).