Family Tapaculos (Rhinocryptidae)

Least Concern

Chusquea Tapaculo (Scytalopus parkeri)


French: Mérulaxe de Parker German: Bambustapaculo Spanish: Churrín del bambú

Scytalopus parkeri

Krabbe and Schulenberg

, 1997,

c. 20 km SSW of San Lucas, 2770 m, Loja, Ecuador


Closely related to S. spillmanni. Monotypic.


E slope of Andes in S Ecuador (E Loja, Morona-Santiago, Zamora-Chinchipe) and extreme N Peru (E Piura, NW Cajamarca).

Descriptive notes

11·5 cm; male 21–24·4 g, female 18·8–23 g. A medium-sized tapaculo with dark-barred brown flanks. Adult has crown, back and most of wings... read more


Male song 1–9 seconds long, repeated at intervals of 1–8 seconds, an initially... read more


Inhabits dense stands of Chusquea bamboo and adjacent humid forest undergrowth, at 2250... read more

Food and feeding

17 stomachs held insects, one also a berry; items in three other stomachs included beetles, other insects, and plant material. Forages on... read more


Probably breeds in all months, except during exceptionally long dry periods; 1 juvenile collected in Dec and 1 in Feb, female with brood... read more


Probably sedentary.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Uncommon to locally fairly common in Ecuador; uncommon in Peru. Numerous in Podocarpus National Park and in Tapichalaca Biological Reserve, in... read more

Recommended citation

Krabbe, N.K. & Schulenberg, T.S. (2020). Chusquea Tapaculo (Scytalopus parkeri). 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 19 February 2020).