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Curve-billed Tinamou - BirdForum Opus

Nothoprocta curvirostris


Length 28cm
Dark brown above streaked with white and spotted with black. Breast rufous spotted with white, belly tawny-buff. Crown blackish, sides of head, throat and foreneck whitish. Legs dull orange.


South America: found from central Ecuador to central Peru. Resident.



There are 2 subspecies[1]:

  • N. c. curvirostris:
  • Andes of central Ecuador to central Peru (Cordillera del Condor)
  • N. c. peruviana:
  • Andes of northern and central Peru (south to Hu nuco)


Open woodland, grassland and shrubland.



The diet includes fruit, invertebrates, flower buds, leaves, seeds, and roots.


They are ground nesters. The male incubates the eggs; the young fledge about 2-3 weeks later.


  1. Clements, JF. 2011. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to August 2011. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019. Spreadsheet available at http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/downloadable-clements-checklist
  2. Wikipedia

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