Family Tapaculos (Rhinocryptidae)

Least Concern

Narino Tapaculo (Scytalopus vicinior)


French: Mérulaxe du Narino German: Nariñotapaculo Spanish: Churrín de Nariño

Scytalopus panamensis vicinior

J. T. Zimmer

, 1939,

Ricaurte, 5000–6000 feet [c. 1525–1830 m], Nariño, Colombia


In the past, treated as a race of S. panamensis; populations now recognized as S. chocoensis were formerly included within present species. Monotypic.


Pacific slope from Colombia (Risaralda) S to C Ecuador (Cotopaxi).

Descriptive notes

12 cm; male 20·5–24·6 g, two females 22·9 g and 24·2 g. A medium-sized tapaculo with relatively long tail and dusky-barred brown flanks. Male has crown dark grey, nape... read more


Song by male 2·5–20 seconds long (longest after playback), a series of downstroke notes... read more


Undergrowth of humid forest, occasionally forest borders, at 1250–2000 m, locally to 2350 m.... read more

Food and feeding

Food items on average larger than those of most other Scytalopus. Contents of 14 stomachs were mostly insects, including tiny... read more


A nest found in NW Ecuador had two eggs in late Jul; the nest, placed in a steep bank c. 1 m high, was a globular structure similar to... read more


Probably sedentary.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Common to fairly common; fair-sized population exists at various localities on slopes above Mindo, in N Ecuador. Occurs in 3... read more

Recommended citation

Krabbe, N.K. & Schulenberg, T.S. (2020). Narino Tapaculo (Scytalopus vicinior). 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 17 February 2020).