trilling tapaculo

Trilling Tapaculo (Scytalopus parvirostris)

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

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Paty Trail, Huanuco

trilling tapaculo
Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Wayquecha, Paucartambo.

trilling tapaculo juvenile
Age: Juvenile | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Wayquecha, Paucartambo.

Identification & Behavior: ~11.5 cm (4.5 in). The adult male Trilling Tapaculo is uniformly dark gray.  The female shows rufous-brown barred with black on the lower back, rump, and vent.  The juvenile is dusky with whitish edging on the feathers. It often cocks the tail.  It favors patches of bamboo but also forages in the understory of humid montane forests. Due to their secretive habits, extreme similarity among species, and the generally low light in the places they inhabit, positive identification in the field is often impossible. It ranges at lower elevations than the very similar Tschudi’s Tapaculo.

Status: The Trilling Tapaculo is uncommon in montane forests of the east slope of the Andes at elevations ranging between 2100-3200 m. It also occurs in Bo.

Name in Spanish: Tapaculo Trinador.

Sub-species: Trilling Tapaculo (Scytalopus parvirostris), J. T. Zimmer, 1939.

Meaning of Name: Scytalopus: Gr. skutale or skutalon= stick, cudgel and pous, podos= foot. parvirostris: L. parvus= small and rostris, rostrum= billed, beak.

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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.