Ornate Tinamou Nothoprocta ornata

  • Order: Tinamiformes
  • Family: Tinamidae
  • Polytypic: 3 subspecies
  • Authors: Vitor Gomes

Ornate Tinamou is a typical member of the high Andean genus Nothoprocta. This species inhabits high elevation steppes, especially hills dominated by bunch grass, at 3500-4800 m, from central Peru south through Bolivia to Argentina and Chile. If seen from afar before flushing, the Ornate Tinamou appears to be a fairly bland combination of earth tones. When observed at close range, however, Ornate Tinamou proves to live up to its name: the species is quite attractive, being heavily patterned with white edgings and bandings across the back and wings.


© Michael Andersen

  • Year-round
  • Migration
  • Breeding
  • Non-Breeding

Recommended Citation

Gomes, V. (2014). Ornate Tinamou (Nothoprocta ornata), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/nb.orntin1.01