Chaco nothura

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Chaco nothura
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Tinamiformes
Family: Tinamidae
Genus: Nothura
Species: N. chacoensis
Binomial name
Nothura chacoensis
(Conover, 1937)[2]

The Chaco nothura (Nothura chacoensis) is a type of tinamou commonly found in brushland[3] in Argentina and Paraguay.[4]


The Chaco nothura is approximately 24 cm (9.4 in) in length. The species is similar to spotted nothura but paler and buffier overall.

Range and habitat[edit]

The Chaco nothura inhabits subtropical and tropical brushland up to 500 m (1,600 ft) in altitude.[3] This species is native to the chaco of northwestern Paraguay and north central Argentina in South America.[4]


The Chaco nothura is a monotypic species.[4] Though the IOC retains it as a separate species, the South American Classification Committee of the American Ornithological Society considers it a subspecies of spotted nothura, Nothura maculosa.[5]

All tinamou are from the family Tinamidae, and in the larger scheme are also ratites. Unlike other ratites, tinamous can fly, although in general, they are not strong fliers. All ratites evolved from prehistoric flying birds, and tinamous are the closest living relative of these birds.[6]


The IUCN classifies this tinamou as Least Concern,[1] with an occurrence range of 110,000 km2 (42,000 sq mi).[3]


  1. ^ a b BirdLife International (2012). "Nothura chacoensis". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013.
  2. ^ Brand, S. (2008)
  3. ^ a b c BirdLife International (2008)
  4. ^ a b c Clements, J. (2007)
  5. ^ Remsen, J. V., Jr., J. I. Areta, C. D. Cadena, S. Claramunt, A. Jaramillo, J. F. Pacheco, J. Pérez-Emán, M. B. Robbins, F. G. Stiles, D. F. Stotz, and K. J. Zimmer. Version 1 July 2018. A classification of the bird species of South America. American Ornithological Society. retrieved 1 July 2018
  6. ^ Davies, S. J. J. F. (2003)


Further reading[edit]

  • Hayes, F.E.; Rodríguez, O.; Thalman, E.R.; Castellanos, E.A.; Sterling, J. (2018). "Taxonomic status of Paraguay's only endemic bird, the Chaco Nothura Nothura chacoensis (Aves: Tinamidae)". Zootaxa. 4392 (2): 347–360. doi:10.11646/zootaxa.4392.2.7.