Family Tapaculos (Rhinocryptidae)

Least Concern

Long-tailed Tapaculo (Scytalopus micropterus)


French: Mérulaxe microptère German: Dunkelrückentapaculo Spanish: Churrín colilargo

Agathopus micropterus

P. L. Sclater

, 1858,

Río Napo, Ecuador


Formerly treated as a race of S. femoralis; these two are now regarded as sister-species. Monotypic.


Colombia in upper Magdalena Valley, and from Cundinamarca S on Amazonian slope to extreme N Peru (Cajamarca).

Descriptive notes

13·5 cm; male 27–32·5 g. A fairly large, dark grey tapaculo with barred brown flanks and long tail. Male is dark grey to blackish-grey above, lower back and rump dark... read more


Usual song of 2 upstroke notes, the second slightly shorter and higher-pitched, given for up to... read more


Inhabits humid shrubby areas at forest edge and along streams, frequently in second growth, at 1250... read more

Food and feeding

Four stomachs contained “insects”, and one held “2 large grasshoppers”. Forages low in vegetation and on the ground.


Birds with active gonads collected in Sept and Nov; sings, and probably breeds, in all months. No other information.


Probably sedentary.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Generally common and fairly widespread; fairly common in Ecuador; uncommon and local in Peru. Common in several protected areas. Readily observed in... read more

Recommended citation

Krabbe, N.K. & Schulenberg, T.S. (2020). Long-tailed Tapaculo (Scytalopus micropterus). 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).