Family Tapaculos (Rhinocryptidae)


Bahia Tapaculo (Eleoscytalopus psychopompus)


French: Mérulaxe du Bahia German: Bahiatapaculo Spanish: Churrín de Bahía

Scytalopus psychopompus

Teixeira and Carnevalli

, 1989,

near Valença, 45 m, Bahia, Brazil


Has been thought perhaps to be only a race or variant of E. indigoticus. Known from relatively few specimens. Monotypic.


E Brazil in coastal Bahia (Valença, Taperoá, Igrapiúna, Maraú, Ilhéus, Una)#R.

Descriptive notes

11 cm; one male 17·5 g, one female 18 g. Adult has small whitish spot on lores; upperparts are dark blue-grey, with lower back and rump reddish-brown; white below,... read more


Song a trilled repetition 2–4 seconds long of an approx. 1 kHz (fundamental) note, 20-25... read more


Rank thickets with a dense cover of terrestrial bromeliads and low vine tangles in understorey of... read more

Food and feeding

Nothing known.


Both members of pair collected near a nest in Oct had active gonads.


Probably sedentary.

Status and conservation

ENDANGERED. Restricted-range species: present in Atlantic Forest Lowlands EBA. Described from three specimens: male collected in Jul 1944 at Ilhéus, and pair obtained... read more

Recommended citation

Krabbe, N.K., Schulenberg, T.S., Boesman, P. & Sharpe, C.J. (2020). Bahia Tapaculo (Eleoscytalopus psychopompus). 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 on 29 February 2020).