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Thinocorus orbignyianus and Thinocorus rumicivorus from The birds of South America
Scientific classification Edit this classification
Domain: Eukaryota
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Charadriiformes
Family: Thinocoridae
Genus: Thinocorus
Eschscholtz, 1829
Type species
Thinocorus rumicivorus[1]
Eschscholtz, 1829

Thinocorus is a genus of seedsnipe, a South American family of small gregarious waders which have adapted to a vegetarian diet.

These birds look superficially like partridges in structure and bill shape. They have short legs and long wings. Their 2 or 3 eggs are laid in a shallow scrape on the ground.

Thinocorus contains the smaller two of the four seedsnipe species.


Genus ThinocorusEschscholtz, 1829 – two species
Common name Scientific name and subspecies Range Size and ecology IUCN status and estimated population
Grey-breasted seedsnipe

Thinocorus orbignyianus
Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire, I & Lesson, 1831

Two subspecies
  • T. o. orbigyianus (Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire & Lesson, 1831)
  • T. o. ingae (Tschudi, 1843)
Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, and Peru.
Map of range



Least seedsnipe

Thinocorus rumicivorus
Eschscholtz, 1829

Three subspecies
  • T. r. cuneicauda, (Peale, 1848)
  • T. r. bolivianus, (Lowe, 1921)
  • T. r. rumicivorus, (Eschscholtz, 1829)
Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, and Peru.
Map of range




  1. ^ "Thincoridae". The Trust for Avian Systematics. Retrieved 2023-07-27.
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