Family Tapaculos (Rhinocryptidae)

Least Concern

Choco Tapaculo (Scytalopus chocoensis)


Taxonomy

French: Mérulaxe du Choco German: Chocótapaculo Spanish: Churrín del Chocó
Taxonomy:

Scytalopus chocoensis

Krabbe and Schulenberg

, 1997,

El Placer, 670 m, Esmeraldas, Ecuador

.

Formerly included within S. vicinior. Monotypic.

Distribution:

Pacific slope in E Panama (Cerro Pirre, Serranía de Jungurudó#R) and from W slope of W Andes of W Colombia S to NW Ecuador (R Guayllabamba).

Descriptive notes

11 cm; male 19–22·5 g, female 17–20·1 g. A fairly small tapaculo with relatively heavy bill and dark-barred brown flanks. Male has upperparts dark... read more

Voice

Male song a very resonant series 5–60 seconds long of similar up-downstrokes at 3 kHz (first... read more

Habitat

Inhabits dense undergrowth of wet, mainly primary forest, occasionally forest borders, at 250... read more

Food and feeding

Eight stomachs all held unidentified small insects, and one contained beetle larvae. Terrestrial.

Breeding

Female with active gonads in Feb; juveniles collected from two nests in Aug. One nest, hidden amongst leaf litter on steep slope, was... read more

Movements

Probably sedentary.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Fairly common. Known to occur in Cotacachi-Cayapas Ecological Reserve, in Ecuador; probably occurs in Farallones de Cali National Park and other... read more

Recommended citation

Krabbe, N.K. & Schulenberg, T.S. (2018). Choco Tapaculo (Scytalopus chocoensis). 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/56959 on 13 November 2018).