Family Tapaculos (Rhinocryptidae)


Paramillo Tapaculo (Scytalopus canus)


French: Mérulaxe du Paramillo German: Antioquiatapaculo Spanish: Churrín del Paramillo

Scytalopus canus


, 1915,

Paramillo, 12,500 feet [c. 3800 m], Antioquia, Colombia


Previously treated as a race of S. magellanicus; subsequently, and until recently, considered conspecific with S. opacus (which see). Monotypic.


W Andes of Colombia in Antioquia (Páramo de Paramillo, Páramo de Frontino)#R.

Descriptive notes

10·5 cm; 14·5 g. A fairly small, dark tapaculo. Adult male is uniform dark grey above, all deep grey below; iris dark brown; maxilla blackish, mandible dark... read more


Vocalizations unknown until start of present century. The song is of approximately the same... read more


Inhabits timberline vegetation at transition between páramo grasslands and forest,... read more

Food and feeding

Like previously conspecific S. opacus, forages on moss-covered trunks, along branches in dense scrub and on the ground for small... read more


No information.


Probably sedentary.

Status and conservation

ENDANGERED. Restricted-range species, with a global population estimated at fewer than 1000 individuals within a range of just 3000 km². To date, known solely from P... read more

Recommended citation

Krabbe, N.K., Schulenberg, T.S. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). Paramillo Tapaculo (Scytalopus canus). 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).