Family Tapaculos (Rhinocryptidae)

Near Threatened

Brown-rumped Tapaculo (Scytalopus latebricola)


French: Mérulaxe à croupion brun German: Hellkehltapaculo Spanish: Churrín ratona

Scytalopus latebricola


, 1899,

Páramo de Chiruqua, 12,000 feet [c. 3660 m], Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, Colombia


Formerly considered to include S. meridanus, S. caracae and S. spillmanni as races; form “infasciatus” of S. griseicollis has also sometimes been treated as conspecific with present species. Monotypic.


Santa Marta Mts, in N Colombia.

Descriptive notes

11·5 cm. A medium-sized grey tapaculo commonly with dusky-barred brown flanks; bill elevated basally and compressed laterally. Adult is dark brownish grey above, more or less... read more


Song seven seconds long, a few introductory notes followed by rapid trill at 4·3 kHz (first... read more


Dense undergrowth and thickets in humid forest and tall secondary woodland, at 2000–3660 m.

Food and feeding

Details of diet not documented; presumably feeds on arthropods. Mainly terrestrial; creeps low in undergrowth and leaf litter. Occasionally... read more


Adults with extremely worn plumage collected in Jul, suggesting breeding in Jun, but immatures moulting to adult plumage have been... read more


Probably sedentary.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near Threatened. Fairly common within its small range. Occurs in Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta National Park.

Recommended citation

Krabbe, N.K. & Schulenberg, T.S. (2020). Brown-rumped Tapaculo (Scytalopus latebricola). 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).