Utcubamba Tapaculo (Scytalopus intermedius)

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

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Photo of a Blackish Tapaculo, which is the closest in appearance

Age: Apparently and immature bird | Sex: Unknown | Same as above, no photo of the sp available.

Identification & Behavior: ~11.5 cm (4.5 in). The adult Utcubamba Tapaculo is uniformly dusky gray with blackish tail. The female is lighter gray with rufous barred with black on the flanks and vent. Her tail is blackish with rufous. It forages in the understory of bamboo stands and montane forest, 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 Blackish Tapaculo formarly considered conspecific.

Status: The Utcubamba Tapaculo is fairly common in montane forests south of Rio Marañón, in South Amazonas at elevations ranging between 1500-3200 m. Endemic.

Name in Spanish: Tapaculo de Utcubamba.

Sub-species: Utcubamba Tapaculo (Scytalopus intermedius), J. T. Zimmer, 1939.

Meaning of Name: Scytalopus: Gr. skutale or skutalon= stick, cudgel and pous, podos= foot. intermedius: intermediate, a form that is between others in appearance.

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Distribution Map
utcubamba tapaculo map.



    • 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.