Family Tapaculos (Rhinocryptidae)

Least Concern

Chucao Tapaculo (Scelorchilus rubecula)


French: Tourco rougegorge German: Rotkehltapaculo Spanish: Tapaculo chucao

Pteroptochos Rubecula


, 1830,

Concepción, Chile


Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • S. r. rubecula (Kittlitz, 1830) – S Chile from Bío Bío (occasionally occurring N in Andean foothills as far as Colchagua) S to Aisén, and immediately adjacent parts of Argentina (from Neuquén S to W Chubut).
  • S. r. mochae Chapman, 1934 – Mocha I, off S Chile.
  • Descriptive notes

    18·5–19 cm; 1 male 53·7 g, 3 unsexed 42·6–45·4 g. Adult is dark fuscous-brown above, upper lores and supercilium rufous, lower lores... read more


    Song loud and resonant, an explosive 1-second burst of 6–7 notes, first and last notes... read more


    Thickets of Chusquea bamboo in Nothofagus-dominated humid forest, forest borders... read more

    Food and feeding

    Diet includes large variety of arthropods, and seeds. Stomach contents found to include, among other items, centipedes (Chilopoda) and... read more


    Lays in Sept–Oct in Chile, and in Nov in Argentina. Nest an open cup of soft grass, rootlets and some horse hair, placed in cavity at... read more


    Presumably sedentary.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Chilean Temperate Forests EBA. Fairly common to locally very common; less numerous in Argentina than in Chile;... read more

    Recommended citation

    Krabbe, N.K. & Schulenberg, T.S. (2020). Chucao Tapaculo (Scelorchilus rubecula). 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).