Family Tapaculos (Rhinocryptidae)

Least Concern

Zimmer's Tapaculo (Scytalopus zimmeri)


French: Mérulaxe de Zimmer German: Graukehltapaculo Spanish: Churrín de Zimmer

Scytalopus superciliaris zimmeri

J. Bond and Meyer de Schauensee

, 1940,

Padilla, 8200 feet [c. 2500 m], Chuquisaca, Bolivia


Close to S. superciliaris and perhaps conspecific. In past, sometimes treated as a race of S. magellanicus. Monotypic.


Andean slopes in Bolivia (Chuquisaca, Tarija) and NW Argentina (Salta, Jujuy).

Descriptive notes

10·5 cm; male 17·6–19·9 g, one female 15·9 g. A fairly small tapaculo with white supercilium and throat and dark-barred brown flanks. Adult has side of head dusky grey... read more


Male song 0·3–0·6 seconds long, repeated for minutes on end at pace of 0·6–0·8 per... read more


Rocky ravines and shady parts of Alnus, mixed Alnus/Podocarpus or ... read more

Food and feeding

Three stomachs were crammed with seeds and some grit and also held a few insects; one contained only tiny insects. Forages on and near the... read more


Parents seen tending nestlings in Oct; juvenile collected in Apr. One nest placed in a crevice 3 m above ground in a wall of stone and... read more


Probably sedentary.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Widespread and fairly common. Only a tiny portion of its range is protected, i.e. Tariquiá National Reserve, in Tarija. Owing to steepness of the... read more

Recommended citation

Krabbe, N.K. & Schulenberg, T.S. (2020). Zimmer's Tapaculo (Scytalopus zimmeri). 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).