Puna Tinamou (Tinamotis pentlandii)

The Puna Tinamou bird, known scientifically as Tinamotis pentlandii, is a small to medium-sized bird that belongs to the family Tinamidae. This bird species is native to the Andean regions of South America, specifically in the high-altitude regions of the Andes, such as the Puna grasslands.

The Puna Tinamou is a ground-dwelling bird that prefers to live in areas with tall grasses and low shrubs. It has a distinctive, brownish-grey plumage that allows it to blend in perfectly with its surroundings, making it difficult to spot. This bird species is known for its distinctively high-pitched, whistle-like call that can be heard from a considerable distance.

The Puna Tinamou bird is primarily herbivorous and feeds on a variety of plant material, including leaves, shoots, and fruits. Since they are ground-dwelling birds, they have a unique digestive system that allows them to break down cellulose, which is found in many plant materials.

Breeding season for Puna Tinamous typically begins in early spring, a time when they are most active. They typically breed in pairs, with the male using his beak to create a small depression in the ground where the female will lay her eggs. Their eggs are about the size of a chicken's egg but have a much tougher shell to protect them from being crushed.

Like other Tinamous, the Puna Tinamou is a fast runner and can reach speeds of up to 25 miles per hour when threatened. They are also adept at flying short distances, but prefer to remain on the ground where they feel safer.

Unfortunately, like most birds in the wild, the Puna Tinamou bird populations are facing numerous threats to their survival. These include habitat loss, deforestation, and illegal hunting. Conservation efforts are currently underway to protect this species and preserve their habitat, ensuring that future generations can still enjoy the beauty and uniqueness of the Puna Tinamou bird.

Other names

Tinamotis pentlandii



Puna Tinamou

tinamú de la Puna



punski tinamu

tinama náhorní




Tinamou quioula


Tinamo della puna


paprastasis tinamas


kusoń andyjski


Горно-степной тинаму

Punski tinamu

inambu veľký

Kiula andina


Puna Tinamusu

інамбу червоногузий