Family Tapaculos (Rhinocryptidae)

Least Concern

Vilcabamba Tapaculo (Scytalopus urubambae)


Taxonomy

French: Mérulaxe de Vilcabamba German: Vilcabambatapaculo Spanish: Churrín de Vilcabamba
Taxonomy:

Scytalopus magellanicus urubambae

J. T. Zimmer

, 1939,

Cedrobamba, 12,000 feet [c. 3660 m], Urubamba Valley, Peru

.

Formerly treated as a race of S. magellanicus. Closely related to S. simonsi and perhaps S. schulenbergi, and apparently also to two undescribed species from SC Peru (one at 3450–3650 m in Pasco, one at 3000–4000 m in Apurímac)#R#R. Monotypic.

Distribution:

Andes of EC Peru in S Cordillera Vilcabamba.

Descriptive notes

10 cm; one male 13 g. A small tapaculo with bright orange flanks. Male has upperparts dark grey, rump and uppertail-coverts rufous-brown with indistinct bars, wings dusky;... read more

Voice

Song a “churr” at 3·1–3·4 kHz (first overtone; fundamental barely audible) given for up to 1... read more

Habitat

Humid montane and elfin forest, often in areas dominated by moss and boulders, at 3500–4170m.

Food and feeding

Diet not recorded. Hops and creeps around in nooks and crannies in boulder fields, and in dense mossy vegetation at tree-line.

Breeding

No information.

Movements

Probably sedentary.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Fairly common, at least in some areas, e.g. locally common in Machu Picchu Historical Sanctuary; observed along Inca Trail between Sayacmarca and... read more

Recommended citation

Krabbe, N.K. & Schulenberg, T.S. (2018). Vilcabamba Tapaculo (Scytalopus urubambae). 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/56974 on 13 November 2018).