Family Tapaculos (Rhinocryptidae)

Least Concern

Planalto Tapaculo (Scytalopus pachecoi)


French: Mérulaxe de Pacheco German: Planalto-Tapaculo Spanish: Churrín de Pacheco

Scytalopus pachecoi


, 2005,

Cerro das Almas, c. 180 m, Capão do Leão, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil


Sister to S. novacapitalis (which see). See also S. speluncae (below). Monotypic.


SE Brazil (NW, NE & SE Rio Grande do Sul, SE Santa Catarina) and border region with extreme NE Argentina (Misiones).

Descriptive notes

c. 12 cm; 15 g. A mouse-grey tapaculo characterized by rather uniformly pale grey underparts, with flanks and thighs buff or rufous with conspicuous blackish barring; rather... read more


Inland populations of Brazilian tapaculo species share a distinct song type composed of lengthy (... read more


Primary and secondary forest, from lowlands to upland Araucaria forest, probably favouring... read more

Food and feeding

Arthropods. Forages in forest understorey, especially within areas of terrestrial bromeliads and bamboo tangles.


Virtually unknown. Single clutch collected in Sept in Argentina (Misiones), two eggs, 20·6 mm × 16·7 mm and 20·7... read more


Probably sedentary, but some dispersal between forest patches considered likely.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Restricted-range species: present in Atlantic Forest Mountains EBA. Locally common, e.g. in Misiones. Occurs as three isolated... read more

Recommended citation

Fjeldså, J. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). Planalto Tapaculo (Scytalopus pachecoi). 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 24 February 2020).