Family Tapaculos (Rhinocryptidae)

Least Concern

White-throated Tapaculo (Scelorchilus albicollis)


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

Pteroptochos albicollis


, 1830,

Valparaíso, Chile


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


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


    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.


    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


    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. (2020). 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 on 18 February 2020).