Hooded Tinamou (Nothocercus nigrocapillus)

Order: Tinamiformes | Family: Tinamidae  | IUCN Status: Vulnerable

Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Sandia, Puno

Adult | Sex: Unknown |Loc. Sandia, Puno

Adult |Sex: Unknown | Loc. Sandia, Puno

Identification & Behavior: ~33.5 cm (14.5 in).  The Hooded Tinamou has a dusky head and upper neck with a white throat.  The rest of the body is brown with whitish specks on the wings and back. The colors and shape are structurally similar to that of Highland Tinamou, but their ranges do not overlap.

Status: The Hooded Tinamou is the most common and widespread of the large Andean Tinamous. It is known to range between 1300 to 2500 m, although higher in some locations. It is found only on the east and south side of the Marañon Valley. It also occurs in Bo.

Name in Spanish: Perdiz de Cabeza Negra.

Sub-species: Hooded Tinamou (Nothocercus nigrocapillus cadwaladeri) Carriker, 1933. NW Peru. also N. n. nigrocapillus (G. R. Gray), 1867. C Peru to Bolivia.

Meaning of Name: Nothocercus: Gr. Nothos= false, spurious; kerkos= the tail. False tail or hidden tail. nigrocapillus: L. Niger: Black and capillus= Cap.

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Distribution Map


    • Species range based on: Schulenberg, T. S., D. F. Stotz, and L. Rico. 2006. Distribution maps of the birds of Peru, version 1.0. Environment, Culture & Conservation (ECCo). The Field Museum.  http://fm2.fieldmuseum.org/uw_test/birdsofperu on 01/01/2015.