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Choco Tapaculo - BirdForum Opus

Scytalopus chocoensis
Photo by Pitter
Queremal, Valle de Cauca, Colombia, November, 2013


11-12 cm
Upperside dark grey with brown wash on wings, back and uppertail coverts, and rump is brown to rufous. Underside slightly paler grey than upperside with palest on throat and rear belly. Rear flanks and vent area is barred in rufous and black. Bill is black and slightly large relative to other tapaculos.


Central and South America: found on the Pacific slope of eastern Panama (Cerro Pirre) through Colombia to north-western Ecuador.


This is a monotypic species[1].


Dense undergrowth of mainly primary forest. Mostly between 250 and 1250 m asl, higher on Cerro Pirre in Panama.


Secretive and most likely to be recorded by voice. Mostly feeding on the ground for insects and similar invertebrates.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2019. The eBird/Clements Checklist of Birds of the World: v2019. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Ridgely, R.S., & P.J. Greenfield (2001). "The Birds of Ecuador - Field Guide". Comstock/Cornell Paperbacks. ISBN 978-0-8014-8721-7
  3. Krabbe, N. and T. S. Schulenberg (2020). Choco Tapaculo (Scytalopus chocoensis), version 1.0. In Birds of the World (J. del Hoyo, A. Elliott, J. Sargatal, D. A. Christie, and E. de Juana, Editors). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/bow.chotap1.01

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