Blackish Tapaculo (Scytalopus latrans)

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

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

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Southeast Ecuador

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Southeast Ecuador

blackish tapaculo
Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Huila, Colombia  Macaulay Library ML233262651

Identification & Behavior: ~11.5 cm (4.5 in). The adult Blackish Tapaculo is uniformly dusky gray. The female is lighter gray with rufous barred with black on the flanks, vent, and rump. The juvenile is dusky with brown barring. It has a relatively short tail often keep cocked. It forages in the understory of bamboo alone or in pairs. Due to their similarity and secretive habits, positive identification in the field is often impossible. However, their loud and stereotyped voice constitutes the safest way to identify them to the species level. It is more similar to Trilling Tapaculo and Tschudi’s Tapaculo.

Status: The Blackish Tapaculo is fairly common in montane forests of the east and west (Piura and Cajamarca) slopes of the Andes at elevations ranging between 1500-3200 m. It also occurs in Co and Ec.

Name in Spanish: Tapaculo Negruzco.

Sub-species: Blackish Tapaculo (Scytalopus latrans latrans), Hellmayr, 1924.  W & C Andes and W slope of E Andes in Colombia, and W and inter-Andean Ecuador S to N Cañar (locally spilling over to upper Amazonian slope); also at mid-elevations on Amazonian slope from W Venezuela (Mérida) S to N Peru.
(Scytalopus latrans subcinereus), J. T. Zimmer, 1939.   Pacific slope from SW Ecuador (Azuay) S to NW Peru (Cajamarca, where possibly also on E slope of W Andes near Cutervo).
(Scytalopus latrans intermedius), J. T. Zimmer, 1939.  C Andes of Peru in S Amazonas.

Meaning of Name: Scytalopus: Gr. skutale or skutalon= stick, cudgel and pous, podos= foot. latrans: L. latrare= to bark, latrans, latrantis= barking.

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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.