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

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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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