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Puna Tinamou Tinamotis pentlandii

Vitor Gomes
Version: 1.0 — Published March 14, 2014


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Puna Tinamou forages on the ground. In flight, this species glides with the wings held horizontally (rather than bowed, as do other species of highland tinamou) (Fjeldså and Krabbe 1990). Puna Tinamou prefers to escape by running away, often running uphill (Morrison 1939). The head bobs backwards and forwards when walking (Morrison 1939).


There are no published data on territorial defense, maintenance, fidelity, or home range size for Puna Tinamou.

Sexual Behavior

Undescribed for Puna Tinamou. From what is known of the breeding system of other species, "the general rule among tinamous is simultaneous polygyny for males and sequential polyandry for females" (Cabot 1992).

Social and interspecific behavior

Puna Tinamous usually are encountered in small groups, of from three to nine birds (Morrison 1939, Pearson and Pearson 1955, Schmitt and Schmitt 1987).


No reports of predation on Puna Tinamou? Potentail predators include Andean fox (Dusicyon culpaeus), wild cats, skunks (Conepatus), and Variable Hawk (Geranoaetus polyosoma) (Cabot 1992).

Recommended Citation

Gomes, V. (2014). Puna Tinamou (Tinamotis pentlandii), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/nb.puntin1.01