Family Tapaculos (Rhinocryptidae)

Least Concern

Unicolored Tapaculo (Scytalopus unicolor)


Taxonomy

French: Mérulaxe unicolore German: Hellbauchtapaculo Spanish: Churrín unicolor
Taxonomy:

Scytalopus unicolor

Salvin

, 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.

Distribution:

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

Voice

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

Habitat

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

Food and feeding

No information.

Breeding

No information.

Movements

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. (2018). 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/56968 on 10 December 2018).