Tawny-breasted Tinamou (Nothocercus julius)

The Tawny-breasted Tinamou bird is a small, chicken-like bird found in the forests and woodlands of South America. It is a member of the Tinamidae family, a group of birds known for their strong legs and small, plump bodies. The Tawny-breasted Tinamou is known for its distinctive coloration, with a golden-brown breast and belly, and mottled brown and grey on the back and wings.

The Tawny-breasted Tinamou bird is a shy and often secretive bird, preferring to stay hidden in the undergrowth and avoiding human contact. It is typically found in lowland forests, but can also be found in secondary growth and clearings. The bird is also known to venture out into gardens and other human settlements, where it feeds on insects, seeds, and fruits. Its diet varies seasonally, depending on the availability of food.

The Tawny-breasted Tinamou has a unique call that can often be heard in the early morning or late evening hours. It sounds like a series of short, sharp whistles followed by a longer, drawn-out note. The call is typically heard during the breeding season, when the male is trying to attract a female mate. The Tawny-breasted Tinamou is monogamous, and pairs will often stay together for several breeding seasons.

During the breeding season, the male Tawny-breasted Tinamou will create a shallow scrape in the ground, where the female will lay her eggs. The male will then incubate the eggs and care for the young once they hatch. The chicks are born with a full coat of feathers and can fly within a few days of hatching.

Overall, the Tawny-breasted Tinamou bird is a beautiful and fascinating species found throughout South America. Though shy and often difficult to spot, it is a valuable member of the forest ecosystem, playing an important role in controlling insect populations and dispersing seeds.

Other names

Nothocercus julius



Tawny-breasted Tinamou

tinamú cap-roig



bjelogrli tinamu

tinama bronzovoprsá

Rødhovedet Tinamu



Tinamou à tête rousse


Tinamo pettofulvo


Juliaus notocerkas


kusacz rdzawogłowy


Желтогрудый нотоцеркус

Žutogrudi tinamu

tinama pralesná

Tinamú cabecirrojo

brunbröstad tinamo

Kızılca Tinamu

тинаму жовтогрудий