Order Passeriformes

Family Rhinocryptidae

Tapaculos
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General
  • Small to medium-sized terrestrial birds with short, broadly rounded wings, large feet, most with short tail; nostril covered by tactile opercula; plumage grey-brown to rufous-brown, grey, blackish and white.
  • Neotropical Region.
  • Forest, woodland, bushy country, bamboo thickets and semi-arid scrub, a few species among grass tussocks and rocks, one in rushy marshes.
  • 9-23 cm.
  • 12 genera, 62 species, 82 taxa.
  • 6 species threatened;
    none extinct since 1600.

Recommended citation

Krabbe, N.K. & Schulenberg, T.S. (2017). Tapaculos (Rhinocryptidae). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from http://www.hbw.com/node/52294 on 27 March 2017).