French: Mérulaxe affin German: Ancashtapaculo Spanish: Churrín de Ancash
Scytalopus magellanicus affinis
J. T. Zimmer
Yánac, Ancash, Peru
W Andes of Peru in Ancash (Cordillera Blanca), possibly N to Cajamarca but confirmation needed#R.
10 cm; male 13–15 g, one female 12·3 g. A small, very pale tapaculo with dark-barred brown flanks. Male is grey above, lower back, wings, rump and tail dark brown,... read more
Song a descending “churr” at 3·3–4 kHz (first overtone; fundamental barely audible) repeated... read more
Large tussocks of grass and mossy rocks and boulders, often near or in Polylepis and ... read more
Food and feeding
Three stomachs held remains of small insects. Moves like a mouse among rocks or grass tussocks; also forages along mossy limbs of ... read more
Lays in Jan–Feb; juvenile collected in Feb. Two nests known, both globular with side entrance, constructed mainly of grass and moss,... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Uncommon; locally fairly common, e.g. in Huascarán National Park.
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