Family Tapaculos (Rhinocryptidae)

Least Concern

Tschudi's Tapaculo (Scytalopus acutirostris)


French: Mérulaxe de Tschudi German: Grautapaculo Spanish: Churrín de Tschudi
Other common names: Sharp-billed Tapaculo

Pteroptochus acutirostris


, 1844,

Maraynioc, Junín, Peru


Formerly treated as a race of S. magellanicus. Monotypic.


C Andes of Peru from S Amazonas#R S to Junín.

Descriptive notes

10·5 cm; male 17–20 g, female 16·5–19 g. A fairly small tapaculo. Adult is dark grey above, paler grey below, flanks with only slight wash of... read more


Song 0·5 seconds long, repeated 4–10 or more times at intervals of 1–1·5... read more


Undergrowth of humid cloudforest, only rarely in bamboo, at 2675–3500 m. Found at higher... read more

Food and feeding

Four stomachs held insects, and one contained insects and 2 seeds.


Juvenile collected in Aug. No further information.


Probably sedentary.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Considered to be fairly common overall. Occurs in Río Abiseo National Park.

Recommended citation

Krabbe, N.K. & Schulenberg, T.S. (2020). Tschudi's Tapaculo (Scytalopus acutirostris). 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).