Family Tapaculos (Rhinocryptidae)

Least Concern

Large-footed Tapaculo (Scytalopus macropus)


French: Mérulaxe à grands pieds German: Großfußtapaculo Spanish: Churrín patudo

Scytalopus macropus

Berlepsch and Stolzmann

, 1896,

Maraynioc, Junín, Peru




C Andes of Peru from S Amazonas S to Junín.

Descriptive notes

14 cm; male 36–43 g, two females 32 g and 32·5 g. Largest Scytalopus. Adult is uniform blackish-grey; iris dark brown; bill black; tarsus dark brown. Juvenile... read more


Song lasts up to 1 minute or longer, and is given throughout most of the day, a monotonous series... read more


Mossy undergrowth of elfin forest and cloudforest, primarily along streams, at 2400–3500 m.

Food and feeding

No information.


No information.


Probably sedentary.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in North-east Peruvian Cordilleras EBA. Rare or uncommon, and local. Very poorly known species. At present known to... read more

Recommended citation

Krabbe, N.K. & Schulenberg, T.S. (2020). Large-footed Tapaculo (Scytalopus macropus). 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).