Family Tapaculos (Rhinocryptidae)

Least Concern

Rusty-belted Tapaculo (Liosceles thoracicus)


French: Tourco ceinturé German: Brustflecktapaculo Spanish: Tapaculo amazónico

Pteroptochus thoracicus

P. L. Sclater

, 1865,

Salto do Girão, Rio Madeira, Brazil


Geographical variation relatively weak; race dugandi doubtfully distinct. Birds from SE Peru and N Bolivia thought to belong to nominate thoracicus, but further study required. Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • L. t. dugandi Meyer de Schauensee, 1950 – SE Colombia and adjacent W Brazil on R Solimões.
  • L. t. erithacus P. L. Sclater, 1890 – E Ecuador S to E Peru (S to mouth of R Urubamba).
  • L. t. thoracicus (P. L. Sclater, 1865) – W & C Amazonian Brazil (E to R Tapajós), and probably this race in SE Peru and N Bolivia.
  • Descriptive notes

    19·5 cm; male 39–42 g. Adult plumage somewhat variable individually; forecrown grey-brown, crown and nape dusky brown, narrow white supercilium, dusky grey... read more


    Song loud, a single, easily imitated whistled note at 1·2–1·3 kHz, repeated at... read more


    Humid terra firme forest, often near treefalls, less often in flooded forest (v... read more

    Food and feeding

    Feeds mainly on terrestrial bugs (Hemiptera). Forages in pairs or alone. Slowly walks and hops on forest floor, often moving along fallen... read more


    Juvenile collected in Oct in SE Peru. Single known nest was spherical, made of small twigs, grasses, lichens, mosses, small leaves and... read more


    Presumably sedentary.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Uncommon; locally fairly common or common. Occurs in several extensive protected areas, e.g. Cuyabeno Reserve, Ecuador, and Manu National Park and... read more

    Recommended citation

    Krabbe, N.K. & Schulenberg, T.S. (2020). Rusty-belted Tapaculo (Liosceles thoracicus). 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 17 February 2020).