Lesser Nothura Nothura minor


The Lesser Nothura is one of an increasing number of grassland specialists whose range and habitat have declined catastrophically in recent decades as a result of the ongoing conversion of the Cerrado region of central South America to agriculture. The species is almost endemic to the interior of Brazil, where it is still found, very spottily, from the environs of Brasília south to Minas Gerais and São Paulo, but was also, quite recently, discovered in northeast Paraguay. It is dependent on ‘campo limpo’ grassland, within which it generally prefers scrubbier areas than the congeneric Spotted Nothura (Nothura maculosa), especially those places with a continuous cover of tall grasses and sedges. Breeding is speculated to occur between October and February, but almost nothing is known concerning this facet of the species’ biology.

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Recommended Citation

Lesser Nothura (Nothura minor), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: https://neotropical.birds.cornell.edu/Species-Account/nb/species/lesnot1