Family Tapaculos (Rhinocryptidae)


Diamantina Tapaculo (Scytalopus diamantinensis)


French: Mérulaxe du Diamantina German: Diamantinatapaculo Spanish: Churrín de Diamantina

Scytalopus diamantinensis

Bornschein et al.

, 2007,

Capão do Vale, municipality of Ibicoara, Bahia, Brazil


Probably sister to S. petrophilus#R; see also S. novacapitalis and S. speluncae (below). Monotypic.


Chapada Diamantina, in C Bahia, in E Brazil.

Descriptive notes

c. 10–11 cm; c. 15 g. A mouse-grey tapaculo with buff or rufous flanks conspicuously barred blackish, and relatively short tail. Male is dark grey above, some brown and... read more


Song composed of long (often more than a minute) and fast repetition of one simple note, series... read more


Fragments of dense forest in region characterized by campo rupestre habitat, at 850–1600 m... read more

Food and feeding

No information.


A nest found in Jan 2016, containing two nestlings, was in a rock crevice 50 cm above the ground; the bowl-shaped nest was made of grasses... read more


Probably sedentary.

Status and conservation

ENDANGERED. Restricted-range species: present in Central Brazilian Hills and Tablelands EBA. Has moderately small range, limited to Chapada Diamantina region of Bahia, in... read more

Recommended citation

Fjeldså, J. & Sharpe, C.J. (2020). Diamantina Tapaculo (Scytalopus diamantinensis). 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 23 February 2020).