Family Tapaculos (Rhinocryptidae)

Least Concern

Caracas Tapaculo (Scytalopus caracae)


French: Mérulaxe de Caracas German: Caracastapaculo Spanish: Churrín de Caracas

Scytalopus latebricola caracae


, 1922,

Galipán, Cerro de Ávila, Venezuela


Formerly considered conspecific with S. latebricola, but has different song. Monotypic.


Coastal Range of Venezuela from Aragua to Miranda and in W Sucre (Cerro Turumiquire).

Descriptive notes

11·5 cm; c. 24 g. A medium-sized grey tapaculo with dark-barred brown flanks. Adult has dark grey upperparts sometimes washed dark brown, dusky brown wings, inner remiges... read more


Song 0·7–0·8 seconds long, given at intervals of 0·6–1 second, a series of 5–6 up... read more


Undergrowth of humid forest, edge, and secondary woodland; tends not to frequent Chusquea... read more

Food and feeding

No information.


No information.


Probably sedentary.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (LEAST CONCERN). Fairly common to common, e.g. easily observed around Colonia Tovar, at higher elevations above the Rancho Grande Biological Station... read more

Recommended citation

Krabbe, N.K., Schulenberg, T.S. & Sharpe, C.J. (2020). Caracas Tapaculo (Scytalopus caracae). 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).