Family Tapaculos (Rhinocryptidae)

Least Concern

Dusky Tapaculo (Scytalopus fuscus)


French: Mérulaxe sombre German: Rußtapaculo Spanish: Churrín sombrío

Scytalopus fuscus


, 1837,



Formerly treated as a race of S. magellanicus, but occurs sympatrically with it at several localities in S of range. Monotypic.


C Chile from S Atacama to Bío Bío.

Descriptive notes

11 cm. Adult is dark grey, darker (blackish) on forecrown, with lower back and rump washed with brown, underparts paler grey, flanks sometimes light tawny-brown and closely... read more


Male song, apparently species’ only vocalization, 0·2–0·3 seconds long, a... read more


Inhabits densely vegetated valley bottoms, from sea-level up to 800 m. A specimen supposedly of... read more

Food and feeding

No information.


Season not documented. One nest globular, constructed of root fibres and moss, lined with horse hair, and placed at end of a 0·6-m... read more


Probably sedentary.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Locally fairly common. Occurs in La Campana Peñuelas Biosphere Reserve. Habitat has been largely destroyed and remains strongly fragmented.... read more

Recommended citation

Krabbe, N.K. & Schulenberg, T.S. (2020). Dusky Tapaculo (Scytalopus fuscus). 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).