Family Tapaculos (Rhinocryptidae)

Least Concern

Choco Tapaculo (Scytalopus chocoensis)


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

Scytalopus chocoensis

Krabbe and Schulenberg

, 1997,

El Placer, 670 m, Esmeraldas, Ecuador


Formerly included within S. vicinior. Monotypic.


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


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


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.


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


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. (2020). 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 on 29 February 2020).