Darwin's Nothura Nothura darwinii

  • Order: Tinamiformes
  • Family: Tinamidae
  • Polytypic: 5 subspecies
  • Authors: Vitor Gomes


  • Year-round
  • Migration
  • Breeding
  • Non-Breeding
Distribution of the Darwin's Nothura
eBird range map for Darwin's Nothura

Generated from eBird observations (Year-Round, 1900-present)

Distribution outside the Americas

Endemic to the Americas.


Darwin’s Nothura occupies semiarid grasslands, savannas and open brushy country in central and western Argentina. Compared to its congener Spotted Nothura (Nothura maculosa), Darwin's Nothura occurs in areas with somewhat lower temperatures and rainfall, rougher topography, and sandier, less fertile soils (Bump and Bump 1969). In Peru and Bolivia, occurs in puna grassland.

Darwin's Nothura prefers areas rich in grass and forbs (Bump and Bump 1969). At one site in Argentina, Darwin’s Nothura occupied both natural grasslands and fields of alfalfa (Mosa 2004).

Historical changes

None reported.

Fossil history

None reported.

Recommended Citation

Gomes, V. (2014). Darwin's Nothura (Nothura darwinii), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/nb.darnot1.01