chusquea tapaculo

Rufous-vented Tapaculo (Scytalopus femoralis)

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

rufous-vented tapaculo
Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. No Data

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. No Data

Age: Juvenile | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Fundo Alto Nieva, San Martin

Identification & Behavior: ~13 cm (5.1 in). The adult Rufous-vented Tapaculo is dusky-gray with rufous on the flanks and rump. The female is similar but has lighter coloration and more rufous on the flanks. The juvenile is brown with dusky barring. It has a short tail that the bird often cocks.  It forages in the understory of bamboo alone or in pairs. 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 Rufous-vented Tapaculo is similar to the White-crowned Tapaculo but ranges at higher elevations.

Status: Endemic. The Rufous-vented Tapaculo is uncommon in montane forests of the east slope of the Andes, south, and east of the Marañon Valley, at elevations ranging between 1000-2600 m.

Name in Spanish: Tapaculo de Subcaudales Rufas.

Sub-species: Rufous-vented Tapaculo (Scytalopus femoralis), (Tschudi), 1844.

Meaning of Name: Scytalopus: Gr. skutale or skutalon= stick, cudgel and pous, podos= foot. femoralis: L. femur, femoris= thigh. Femoralis= covering for the thigh.

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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.