Family Tapaculos (Rhinocryptidae)

Least Concern

Stiles's Tapaculo (Scytalopus stilesi)


French: Mérulaxe de Stiles German: Stilestapaculo Spanish: Churrín de Stiles

Scytalopus stilesi

Cuervo et al.

, 2005,

Finca Canales, 1845 m, Vereda Cajamarca, Municipality of Amalfi, Antioquia, Colombia


Described as a new species on the basis of a series of eight specimens (taken in 2002) and comparative analyses of vocalizations, mitochondrial DNA sequences, and distribution#R. Genetically, it is a separate species, most closely related to S. robbinsi of SW Ecuador and more distantly to S. rodriguezi. Monotypic.


Both slopes in N half of C Andes (Antioquia, Caldas and Risaralda), in Colombia.

Descriptive notes

c. 11 cm; 20–24·5 g. A medium-sized tapaculo, with both sexes individually variable. Male is dark grey, darkest on upperparts, wings and tail, slightly paler on... read more


Distinctive, differing distinctly from vocalizations of all other known taxa in genus. Song a long... read more


Wet pre-montane forest with many palms and tree-ferns, at 1420–2130 m; altitudinal limits imposed... read more

Food and feeding

Food arthropods. Feeds in forest understorey, in areas with shrubs and vascular epiphytes, especially aroids, and many terrestrial... read more


Birds in breeding condition in Jan and Feb; observed while feeding fledglings in Jun and Jul. No other information.


Probably sedentary.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Northern Central Andes EBA. Common throughout its known range. Apparently prefers continuous and mature forest,... read more

Recommended citation

Fjeldså, J. (2020). Stiles's Tapaculo (Scytalopus stilesi). 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).