Ash-colored Tapaculo (Myornis senilis)

Order: Passeriformes | Family: Rhinocryptidae | IUCN Status: Least Concern

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Yanacocha, Ecuador 

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Eastern Andes of Colombia

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Yanacocha, Ecuador 

Identification & Behavior: ~15 cm (6.1 in). The Ash-colored Tapaculo is mostly gray with darker upperparts. The adult has rufous only on the vent area, but not on the flanks or lower rump. The tail is relatively long and often kept cocked. The juvenile has brown upperparts with fine dusky barring. The underparts are lighter gray with dusky barring on the sides. It forages near the ground and appears to be restricted to stands of bamboo. It ranges above the Long-tailed Tapaculo.

Status: The Ash-colored Tapaculo is uncommon to rare in montane forests of the east and west (Piura) slopes of the Andes at elevations ranging between 2600-4600 m. It also occurs in Co and Ec.

Name in Spanish: Tapaculo Cenizo.

Sub-species: Ash-colored Tapaculo (Myornis senilis), (Lafresnaye), 1840.

Meaning of Name: Myornis: Gr. mus, muos= mouse and ornis, ornithos= bird. senilis: L. senex, senis= old person, senilis= an old man.

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Distribution Map
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    • Species range based on: Schulenberg, T. S., D. F. Stotz, and L. Rico. 2006. Distribution maps of the birds of Peru, version 1.0. Environment, Culture & Conservation (ECCo). The Field Museum. on 03/01/2017.