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White-bellied Nothura Nothura boraquira

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The White-bellied Nothura is a small tinamou typical of arid and semiarid scrub  in the the northern Chaco region in central southern South America, in eastern Bolivia, Paraguay, and southwest Brazil. Like other nothuras, and unlike many other tinamous in other genera, this species is seen more often than heard, as it inhabits relatively open habitats. The White-bellied Nothura can be shy and elusive, however, and has been known to take shelter in burrows created by other animals, such as armadillos.   The White-bellied Nothura can often be seen along secondary roads and in openings, as it forages by pecking seeds, roots, and fruits off the ground; and is distinctive when seen well, with an unpatterned whitish wash to the underparts and bright mustard-yellow legs.

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Recommended Citation

White-bellied Nothura (Nothura boraquira), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, New York, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: https://neotropical.birds.cornell.edu/Species-Account/nb/species/whbnot1