The breeding season of Little Tinamou varies regionally. Breeds year round in Costa Rica (although with peaks in February and in September; Skutch 1963) and in Trinidad (Snow and Snow 1964); April-July and December-January in Suriname (Haverschmidt 1968).
The nest is placed directly on fallen leaves amid dense thickety concealing vegetation. The clutch is usually 2, but occasionally is only 1 (Skutch 1963). The eggs are glossy and purplish drab. Incubation lasts at least 16 days (Skutch 1963). Only a single parent incubates. Hatchlings leave the nest less than one day after hatching (Skutch 1963). Chicks are hatched with brown down (Skutch 1963).