The Andean Tinamou is approximately 27 cm (11 in) in length. Its upper parts are greyish-brown to olive brown and barred with black and white. Its breast is grey and spotted with white or buff, its belly is buff or whitish and its crown is black, the sides of its head and throat are mottled grey, and its tail is small and hidden.

Habitat and Distribution

This bird is found commonly in the Andes of South America. It can also be found in the Andes of Ecuador, northern Chile, Peru, Bolivia and northwestern Argentina.It prefers subtropical and tropical shrubland at 800 to 4,100 m (2,600 to 13,500 ft) altitude.


Andean tinamous feed on fruits, seeds, buds, potatoes and insect larvae.


The male andean tinamou makes the the nest and mates with several females. The female mates will lay upto 14 eggs in the male's nest. It is the male that incubates the eggs and tends the hatchlings.

Calls and Songs

The song is an upsluring `tueee` or `tu-tueee`.