Family Tapaculos (Rhinocryptidae)

Near Threatened

Junin Tapaculo (Scytalopus gettyae)


French: Mérulaxe de Getty German: Juníntapaculo Spanish: Churrín de Junín

Scytalopus gettyae

Hosner et al.

, 2013,

Huaytapallana Cordillera below Cerro Apalla, between Calabaza and Toldopampa, near the Río Satipo, at 2500 m (11.509° S, 74.840° W), Junín, Peru


Newly described species. Relationships within genus require further research#R. Monotypic.


E slope of Andes in Junín (R Satipo Valley), C Peru.

Descriptive notes

c. 11 cm; 19·8–20·9 g. Adult (only males described) is overall dark fuscous to black; iris dark brown, legs dusky brown and bill black. Subadult similar, but has brownish... read more


Song a repeated series of 4–10 notes, gradually ascending over frequencies of 1·2–3·5 kHz; each... read more


Understorey of temperate humid montane forests at 2400–3200 m; generally found in dense, low... read more

Food and feeding

Diet insects, but no further details. Foraging behaviour undescribed, but presumably very similar to other Scytalopus.


Four males in breeding condition collected in first week of Oct. No further information.


Presumably sedentary.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near Threatened. Known from just two localities, with a total range estimated at 130 km2. Probably declining due to... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). Junin Tapaculo (Scytalopus gettyae). 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 21 February 2020).