Family Tapaculos (Rhinocryptidae)

Least Concern

Rufous-vented Tapaculo (Scytalopus femoralis)


French: Mérulaxe à ventre roux German: Schieferrückentapaculo Spanish: Churrín ventrirrufo

Pteroptochus femoralis


, 1844,

Vitoc Valley, Junín, Peru


Formerly treated as including S. sanctaemartae, S. micropterus, S. atratus and S. bolivianus. Monotypic.


C Andes of Peru from S Amazonas S to Junín; a few specimens from as far S as Ayacucho may refer to present species.

Descriptive notes

12·5 cm; male 21–28 g, female 20–24 g. A fairly large, grey tapaculo with barred brown flanks. Adult has crown and back dark grey, often with dark brown wash,... read more


Song a single sharp downstroke note (with slight upstroke at start in N of range) repeated for... read more


Undergrowth of humid primary and secondary forest at 1000–2050 m, mainly above 1600 m;... read more

Food and feeding

No information.


No information.


Probably sedentary.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Considered to be generally common. Occurs in Yanachaga Chemillén, Bíabo and Río Abiseo National Parks, and probably also in Pui Pui Protection Forest.

Recommended citation

Krabbe, N.K. & Schulenberg, T.S. (2020). Rufous-vented Tapaculo (Scytalopus femoralis). 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).