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 auriculars... read more


    Song 0·4–0·5 seconds long, a single burred note at 4 kHz, followed after short pause by drawn... 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. (2018). 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 11 December 2018).