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Alternative name: Chestnut-sided Tapaculo.

Photo © by Ciro Albano
Ituberá, state of Bahia, Brazil, April 2008
Eleoscytalopus psychopompus

Scytalopus psychopompus


11.5 cm

  • Dark slaty-grey head, upperparts and flanks with bluish tinge
  • White loral spot
  • Cinnamon-rufous rump and scapulars
  • White cheeks, throat and belly
  • Pale cinnamon-rufous sides to belly and vent
  • Dark slaty thighs tinged bluish
  • Blackish bill with whitish base of mandible
  • Pinkish legs


Coastal lowlands of eastern Brazil (south-eastern Bahia)



Placed in the new genus Eleoscytalopus by Clements (2010)2 and Gill and Donsker (2010)3.


Mature wet lowland forests.


Classified as Critically Endangered in the 2010 IUCN Red List due to habitat loss in its tiny range.[1]



  1. BirdLife International (2011) Species factsheet: Eleoscytalopus psychopompus. Downloaded from www.birdlife.org on 06/02/2011.
  2. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, J. A. Gerbracht, D. Lepage, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2021. The eBird/Clements checklist of Birds of the World: v2021. Downloaded from https://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  3. Gill, F and D Donsker (Eds). 2010. IOC World Bird Names (version 2.7). Available at http://www.worldbirdnames.org/.

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