Family Tapaculos (Rhinocryptidae)

Least Concern

Puna Tapaculo (Scytalopus simonsi)


French: Mérulaxe de Simons German: Punatapaculo Spanish: Churrín de la puna

Scytalopus simonsi

C. Chubb

, 1917,

Choquecamate, 4000 m, Cochabamba, Bolivia


Formerly treated as a race of S. magellanicus. Perhaps closest to S. schulenbergi and to undescribed species from SC Peru (Apurímac)#R#R; also related to S. urubambae. Monotypic.


SE Peru (from Vilcanota Mts, in Cuzco) E to C Bolivia (Cochabamba).

Descriptive notes

10 cm; three males 15·7 g, 17·2 g and 20 g, one female 15·7 g. A small tapaculo with barred light olive-brown flanks and short pale line behind eye. Male... read more


Song a “churr” at 2·5–3·2 kHz preceded by a note at 3–4 kHz,... read more


Stunted trees and bushes at or above tree-line, also elfin forest, dense tussock grass and mossy... read more

Food and feeding

Two stomachs of a pair collected in tussock grass held grass seeds and insects; two others contained insects. Mainly terrestrial, creeps... read more


No information.


Probably sedentary.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Fairly common to uncommon. Often fairly tame and easier to see than other tapaculos. Occurs in Manu National Park and Biosphere Reserve, and Machu... read more

Recommended citation

Krabbe, N.K. & Schulenberg, T.S. (2020). Puna Tapaculo (Scytalopus simonsi). 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).