Family Tapaculos (Rhinocryptidae)

Least Concern

Santa Marta Tapaculo (Scytalopus sanctaemartae)


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

Scytalopus femoralis sanctæ-martæ


, 1915,

Santa Marta Mountains, Colombia


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


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


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


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

Food and feeding

No information available. Mainly terrestrial.


Juvenile collected in Jul. No other information.


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. (2020). 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 on 22 February 2020).