bolivian tapaculo

Bolivian Tapaculo (Scytalopus bolivianus)

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

bolivian tapaculo
Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Santa Cruz, Bolivia,  Macaulay Library ML173918841

bolivian tapaculo
Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Old Coroico Rd., Bolivia,  Macaulay Library ML183141601

Identification & Behavior: ~11.5 cm (4.5 in). The Bolivian Tapaculo is uniformly blackish with rufous flanks and a white crown patch. The female is similar but has more with rufous and dusky fine barring on the flanks and rump. The juvenile is dusky-brown with black barring. The tail is often kept cocked.  It forages on or near the ground in humid montane forests. Due to their secretive habits, extreme similarity among species, and the generally low light in the places they inhabit, positive identification of a tapaculo in the field is often impossible. However, their loud and stereotyped songs and calls are given frequently and constitute the safest way to identify them to the species level. The White-crowned Tapaculo is similar to the White-crowned  Tapaculo.

Status: The Bolivian Tapaculo is poorly known in its very restricted range in extreme southeast Peru where it ranges at elevations between 1000-2300 m. It also occurs in Bo.

Name in Spanish: Tapaculo Boliviano.

Sub-species: Bolivian Tapaculo (Scytalopus bolivianus), J. A. Allen, 1889.

Meaning of Name: Scytalopus: Gr. skutale or skutalon= stick, cudgel and pous, podos= foot. bolivianus: Originating or associated with the country of Bolivia.

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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.