Rhinocryptidae – Tapaculos

Black-throated Huet-huet (Pteroptochos tarnii) by Daves BirdingPix

Black-throated Huet-huet (Pteroptochos tarnii) by Daves BirdingPix

And Jesus saith unto him, The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head. (Matthew 8:20 KJV)


CLASS – AVES, Order – PASSERIFORMES, Family – Rhinocryptidae – Tapaculos


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Species (60)

Ocellated Tapaculo (Acropternis orthonyx) ©WikiC
Chestnut-throated Huet-huet (Pteroptochos castaneus) IBC
Black-throated Huet-huet (Pteroptochos tarnii) by Daves BirdingPix
Moustached Turca (Pteroptochos megapodius) by AGrosset
White-throated Tapaculo (Scelorchilus albicollis) by AGrosset
Chucao Tapaculo (Scelorchilus rubecula) by AGrosset
Crested Gallito (Rhinocrypta lanceolata) IBC
Sandy Gallito (Teledromas fuscus) IBC
Rusty-belted Tapaculo (Liosceles thoracicus) IBC
Spotted Bamboowren (Psilorhamphus guttatus) by Dario Sanches
Slaty Bristlefront (Merulaxis ater) by AGrosset
Stresemann’s Bristlefront (Merulaxis stresemanni) by AGrosset
Ochre-flanked Tapaculo (Eugralla paradoxa) by AGrosset
Ash-colored Tapaculo (Myornis senilis) Video IBC
White-breasted Tapaculo (Eleoscytalopus indigoticus) by Dario Sanches
Bahia Tapaculo (Eleoscytalopus psychopompus) by AGrosset
Marsh Tapaculo (Scytalopus iraiensis) Video IBC
Mouse-colored Tapaculo (Scytalopus speluncae) by AGrosset
Boa Nova Tapaculo (Scytalopus gonzagai)
Rock Tapaculo (Scytalopus petrophilus) IBC
Planalto Tapaculo (Scytalopus pachecoi) ©WikiC
Brasilia Tapaculo (Scytalopus novacapitalis) by AGrosset
Bolivian White-crowned Tapaculo (Scytalopus bolivianus) – Sound ** Need Photo **
Northern White-crowned Tapaculo (Scytalopus atratus) IBC
Santa Marta Tapaculo (Scytalopus sanctaemartae) Video IBC
Rufous-vented Tapaculo (Scytalopus femoralis) ©©Flickr Palmchat
Long-tailed Tapaculo (Scytalopus micropterus) ©©fveronesi1
Narino Tapaculo (Scytalopus vicinior) IBC
El Oro Tapaculo (Scytalopus robbinsi) Drawing Novataxa
Tatama Tapaculo (Scytalopus alvarezlopezi)
Choco Tapaculo (Scytalopus chocoensis) BTColombia
Magdalena Tapaculo (Scytalopus rodriguezi) IBC
Stiles’s Tapaculo (Scytalopus stilesi) Novataxa
Tacarcuna Tapaculo (Scytalopus panamensis) Drawing BirdLife
Silvery-fronted Tapaculo (Scytalopus argentifrons) WorldBirds
Caracas Tapaculo (Scytalopus caracae) SSColours – Sound IBC
Merida Tapaculo (Scytalopus meridanus) IBC
Brown-rumped Tapaculo (Scytalopus latebricola) MartinReid
Perija Tapaculo (Scytalopus perijanus)
Spillmann’s Tapaculo (Scytalopus spillmanni) by Ian
Chusquea Tapaculo (Scytalopus parkeri) WorldBirds
Trilling Tapaculo (Scytalopus parvirostris) Ornitaxa
Tschudi’s Tapaculo (Scytalopus acutirostris) by Margaret Sloan
Unicolored Tapaculo (Scytalopus unicolor) Wickersham
Pale-bellied Tapaculo (Scytalopus griseicollis) IBC
Paramillo Tapaculo (Scytalopus canus) IBC
Paramo Tapaculo (Scytalopus opacus) Video IBC
Ancash Tapaculo (Scytalopus affinis) IBC
Neblina Tapaculo (Scytalopus altirostris) SurfBirds (Scroll Down)
Vilcabamba Tapaculo (Scytalopus urubambae) Birdinggap
Diademed Tapaculo (Scytalopus schulenbergi) Video IBC
Puna Tapaculo (Scytalopus simonsi) IBC
Zimmer’s Tapaculo (Scytalopus zimmeri) IBC
White-browed Tapaculo (Scytalopus superciliaris) IBC
Magellanic Tapaculo (Scytalopus magellanicus) IBC
Dusky Tapaculo (Scytalopus fuscus) WorldBirds
Blackish Tapaculo (Scytalopus latrans) ©WikiC
Junin Tapaculo (Scytalopus gettyae) (4.1)
Large-footed Tapaculo (Scytalopus macropus) Sound IBC ** Need Photo **
Diamantina Tapaculo (Scytalopus diamantinensis) by AGrosset

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The tapaculos (pronounced ta-pa-COO-lo) are a group of small suboscine passeriform birds with numerous species, found mainly in South America and with the highest diversity in the Andean regions. Three species (Chocó, Pale-throated, and the Silvery-fronted) are found in southern Central America.

Tapaculos are small to medium-sized birds. These are terrestrial species that fly only poorly on their short wings. They have strong legs, well-suited to their habitat of grassland or forest undergrowth. The tail is cocked and pointed towards the head, and the name tapaculo possibly derives from Spanish for “cover your behind”. Another possible explanation is that it originates from the Chilean name for the White-throated Tapaculo, simply Tapaculo, which is an onomatopoeic reference to its commonly heard song. (Wikipedia with editing)

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