Junin Tapaculo (Scytalopus gettyae)

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

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Apalla, Andamarca, Junin

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Apalla, Andamarca, Junin

Identification & Behavior: ~11.5 cm (4.5 in). The adult male Junin Tapaculo is uniformly blackish.  The female of this recently described tapaculo is not known but it is likely to look like the male as it is in other tapaculos.  The juvenile/subadult portrayed above is blackish with feathers fringed with white or whitish.  It forages on or near the ground in humid montane forests near the tree line and humid montane scrub interspersed with bunch grass. Due to their secretive habits, extreme similarity among species and the generally low light in the places they inhabit, a 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.

Status: Endemic. The Junin Tapaculo is fairly common in humid montane forests and adjacent humid scrub at elevations ranging between 2400-3200 m.

Name in Spanish: Tapaculo de Junín.

Sub-species: Junin Tapaculo (Scytalopus gettyae), Hosner, Robbins, Valqui, and Peterson, 2013.

Meaning of Name: Scytalopus: Gr. skutale or skutalon= stick, cudgel and pous, podos= foot. gettyae: In honor of Caroline Marie Getty (b. 1957) US conservationist, philanthropist.

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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.  http://fm2.fieldmuseum.org/uw_test/birdsofperu on 03/01/2017.