Family Tapaculos (Rhinocryptidae)

Least Concern

Neblina Tapaculo (Scytalopus altirostris)


French: Mérulaxe à bec épais German: Neblinatapaculo Spanish: Churrín de neblina

Scytalopus magellanicus altirostris

J. T. Zimmer

, 1939,

Atuén, Amazonas, Peru


Formerly treated as a race of S. magellanicus. Apparently related to two undescribed species from SC Peru (one at 3450–3650 m in Pasco, one at 3000–4000 m in Apurímac)#R#R. Monotypic.


C Andes of Peru from S Amazonas to Junín.

Descriptive notes

10 cm. A small tapaculo with base of bill noticeably elevated. Male is grey above with brown wash on nape, often short, indistinct, pale grey supercilium from above eye to... read more


Song a descending “churr” at 3–4 kHz (first overtone; fundamental sometimes almost as loud)... read more


Humid montane forest at 3250–3450 m; locally down to 2450 m.

Food and feeding

No information.


No information.


Probably sedentary.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Generally uncommon, but common in Río Abiseo National Park.

Recommended citation

Krabbe, N.K. & Schulenberg, T.S. (2020). Neblina Tapaculo (Scytalopus altirostris). 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 19 February 2020).