Family Tapaculos (Rhinocryptidae)

Least Concern

Santa Marta Tapaculo (Scytalopus sanctaemartae)


Taxonomy

French: Mérulaxe des Santa Marta German: Santa-Marta-Tapaculo Spanish: Churrín de Santa Marta
Taxonomy:

Scytalopus femoralis sanctæ-martæ

Chapman

, 1915,

Santa Marta Mountains, Colombia

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Previously treated as a race of S. femoralis. Monotypic.

Distribution:

Santa Marta Mts (N Colombia).

Descriptive notes

11 cm. A fairly pale tapaculo with small white crown spot, barred brown flanks, fairly short tail and slender bill. Male has crown and back medium grey, white spot on centre... read more

Voice

Song 14–15 seconds long, a rapid trill of upstroke and downstroke notes, pace accelerating... read more

Habitat

Dark tangled ravines and undergrowth in dense humid forest, at 900–1700 m.

Food and feeding

No information available. Mainly terrestrial.

Breeding

Juvenile collected in Jul. No other information.

Movements

Probably sedentary.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Little information available on relative numbers, but species is apparently not rare. Occurs in Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta National Park.

Recommended citation

Krabbe, N.K. & Schulenberg, T.S. (2018). Santa Marta Tapaculo (Scytalopus sanctaemartae). 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/56951 on 18 December 2018).