Family Tapaculos (Rhinocryptidae)

Least Concern

White-browed Tapaculo (Scytalopus superciliaris)


French: Mérulaxe bridé German: Weißbrauentapaculo Spanish: Churrín cejiblanco

Scytalopus superciliaris


, 1883,

“neck-breaking ravines in the third mountain chain of Tucumán west of Sauciyaca”, north-west Argentina


Close to S. zimmeri and perhaps conspecific; both have previously been treated as races of S. magellanicus. MtDNA analysis suggests present species is closely related to S. canus and S. opacus#R. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • S. s. santabarbarae Nores, 1986 – Santa Bárbara Mts in Jujuy (and presumably adjacent Salta), NW Argentina.
  • S. s. superciliaris Cabanis, 1883 – main Andean slope from Jujuy S to N La Rioja, NW Argentina.
  • Descriptive notes

    10·5 cm. A fairly small tapaculo with strikingly white supercilium and throat. Adult has narrow but distinct white supercilium from above eye to above rear edge of... read more


    Song 0·4–0·5 seconds long, a single burred note at 4 kHz, followed after short... read more


    Undergrowth in Alnus and Polylepis woodland, often in shady rocky ravines; at... read more

    Food and feeding

    No information.


    Lays in Oct–Dec, possibly from Sept. Nest an open cup; one was placed in cavity at end of tunnel 0·3 m long under roots of a shrub,... read more


    Probably sedentary.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Argentine and South Bolivian Yungas EBA. Fairly common, at least locally. Occurs in upper reaches of Calilegua... read more

    Recommended citation

    Krabbe, N.K. & Schulenberg, T.S. (2020). White-browed Tapaculo (Scytalopus superciliaris). 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 17 February 2020).