Family Tapaculos (Rhinocryptidae)

Least Concern

White-throated Tapaculo (Scelorchilus albicollis)


Taxonomy

French: Tourco à gorge blanche German: Weißkehltapaculo Spanish: Tapaculo gorjiblanco
Taxonomy:

Pteroptochos albicollis

Kittlitz

, 1830,

Valparaíso, Chile

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Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • S. a. atacamae Hellmayr, 1924 – N Chile in SW Antofagasta (Quebrada Paposa), and from Atacama S to N Coquimbo.
  • S. a. albicollis (Kittlitz, 1830) – C Chile from Coquimbo S to Maule (Curicó).
  • Descriptive notes

    19 cm. Adult has forehead vinaceous cinnamon, turning grey-brown on rest of upperparts; distinct white supercilium, blackish lores and auriculars; rump brownish, sometimes (... read more

    Voice

    Song loud and resonant, a series 2·5 seconds long of 9–10 barking “ooer”... read more

    Habitat

    Dense matorral. Usually on the ground, but sings from low perch. Sea-level to 1600 m, mostly below... read more

    Food and feeding

    Arthropods. Mainly terrestrial, foraging under dense cover.

    Breeding

    Lays in Sept–Oct. Nest an open cup of soft grass, placed in a cavity at the end of a tunnel 1–2 m long; sometimes digs own... read more

    Movements

    Presumably sedentary.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Central Chile EBA. Uncommon to fairly common. Only a small portion of its range has protected status, but it... read more

    Recommended citation

    Krabbe, N.K. & Schulenberg, T.S. (2018). White-throated Tapaculo (Scelorchilus albicollis). 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/56934 on 19 November 2018).