Family Tapaculos (Rhinocryptidae)

Near Threatened

White-breasted Tapaculo (Eleoscytalopus indigoticus)


French: Mérulaxe à poitrine blanche German: Weißbrusttapaculo Spanish: Churrín pechiblanco

Myiothera indigotica


, 1831,

near Salvador, Bahia, Brazil


Has been considered perhaps to include E. psychopompus as a race or merely a variant, but genetic data#R clearly indicate that the two are sister-species; same study reveals large genetic divergence between N and S populations of present species; further research required. Monotypic.


SE Brazil from E Bahia (near Salvador) S to W Paraná, E Santa Catarina and NE Rio Grande do Sul.

Descriptive notes

11 cm; male 13–18 g, female 12·2–16 g. A small tapaculo with mostly white underparts and barred flanks. Male has small whitish spot on lores, often a few... read more


Song a trilled repetition 7–8 seconds long of a 1 kHz (fundamental) note, 15–16 notes... read more


Ground and lower parts of undergrowth of open forest, edge of closed forest, and dense secondary... read more

Food and feeding

Insects. Forages mouse-like on, and occasionally just above, the ground, often not cocking tail.


Reported to be double-brooded in Espírito Santo. 1 nest found was of roots and moss, with some feathers on the inside, and placed in... read more


Probably sedentary.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near Threatened. Rare to locally fairly common. Occurs in lower part of Itatiaia National Park, in Fazenda Intervales State... read more

Recommended citation

Krabbe, N.K. & Schulenberg, T.S. (2020). White-breasted Tapaculo (Eleoscytalopus indigoticus). 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 21 January 2020).