Family Tapaculos (Rhinocryptidae)

Least Concern

Unicolored Tapaculo (Scytalopus unicolor)


French: Mérulaxe unicolore German: Hellbauchtapaculo Spanish: Churrín unicolor

Scytalopus unicolor


, 1895,

Cajabamba, 9000 feet [c. 2740 m], and Huamachuco, 10,400 feet [c. 3200 m], Peru


Formerly treated as including both S. latrans and S. parvirostris, but vocalizations differ. Monotypic.


E slope of W Andes of Peru in S Cajamarca and La Libertad.

Descriptive notes

10·5 cm. A fairly small, grey tapaculo. Male is grey to deep grey above, pale to light grey below; rump, flanks and vent sometimes with slight wash of light brownish, wings... read more


Song of 4–6 notes, first overtone loudest, c. 2·4 kHz, fundamental and higher overtones... read more


Dense shrubbery in humid montane forest, at 2000–3170 m.

Food and feeding

No information.


No information.


Probably sedentary.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Fairly common within its very small range. Appears to be tolerant of disturbance. Habitat of dense shrubbery is, however, uncommon and strongly... read more

Recommended citation

Krabbe, N.K. & Schulenberg, T.S. (2019). Unicolored Tapaculo (Scytalopus unicolor). 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 25 May 2019).