Taczanowski's Tinamou Nothoprocta taczanowskii


This high-altitude tinamou is an uncommon and probably local inhabitant of the eastern slope of the Andes in southern Peru, and adjacent La Paz department, in Bolivia. It is currently treated as Vulnerable by BirdLife International, as reported sightings are generally few, although the species should be easily identified, if seen well, given its unusually long, decurved bill, large size, and principally gray appearance. The Taczanowski’s Tinamou is found in mosaics of cloud forest, scrub, pastures, and open rocky or grassy areas, mainly in humid or semi-humid montane areas, but also just above the treeline, between at least 2700 and 4000 m. Scrub or woodland is speculated to be a prerequisite for this species, but it will visit agricultural areas to feed, e.g on tuber crops, especially potatoes.

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Recommended Citation

Taczanowski's Tinamou (Nothoprocta taczanowskii), 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/tactin1