Family Tapaculos (Rhinocryptidae)

Least Concern

Magellanic Tapaculo (Scytalopus magellanicus)


Taxonomy

French: Mérulaxe des Andes German: Magellantapaculo Spanish: Churrín magallánico
Taxonomy:

Motacilla magellanica

J. F. Gmelin

, 1789,

Tierra del Fuego

.

Formerly treated as including S. griseicollis, S. altirostris, S. affinis, S. urubambae, S. simonsi, S. zimmeri, S. acutirostris, S. superciliaris, S. fuscus and S. canus; race fuscicauda of S. meridanus also sometimes included here. Studies have shown that present species differs vocally from all of these; occurs in sympatry with S. fuscus in C Chile (Valdivia to Bío Bío). Monotypic.

Distribution:

C Chile (from Ñuble and in Andes from Aconcagua) and W Argentina (Mendoza) S to Tierra del Fuego.

Descriptive notes

9·5 cm; 10·4–13·9 g, mean (Chiloé I) 11 g. Small, dark tapaculo. Male is largely dark grey, forecrown often silvery white or with white... read more

Voice

Song 0·3 seconds long, of 2 notes, first at 3–3·5 kHz, second 0·5 kHz... read more

Habitat

Forest, shrubby bogs, along cart tracks and streams, forest edge, fields with slash piles, and... read more

Food and feeding

No information available.

Breeding

Lays in Oct–Nov. Nest globular, built of root fibres, mosses and lichens, lined with slender grass or horse hair, and placed in crack... read more

Movements

Probably sedentary.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Generally common to fairly common; common on Mocha I (Chile). Density range on Chiloé I (Chile) estimated at 0·94–1·56... read more

Recommended citation

Krabbe, N.K. & Schulenberg, T.S. (2018). Magellanic Tapaculo (Scytalopus magellanicus). 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/56979 on 15 November 2018).