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Blackish Tapaculo - BirdForum Opus

Photo © by Wilson Diaz
Cajamarca, Peru, 17 July 2018
Scytalopus latrans

Identification

11-12 cm (4¼ in)
Male

  • Dark-grey overall plumage
  • Dark brown iris
  • Blackish bill

Female

  • Dark grey overall plumage, some with an olive-brown wash on flanks

Similar species

Known to occur near at least these Tapaculos in different parts of the range: Paramillo Tapaculo, Spillmann's Tapaculo, and Chusquea Tapaculo.

Distribution

South America: found in Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador and Peru.

Taxonomy

Utcubamba Tapaculo was formerly considered a part of this species but has now been split.

Subspecies

Two subspecies recognized[1]:

  • S. l. latrans:
  • S. l. subcinereus:
  • Pacific slope of south-western Ecuador (Azuay) to north-western Peru (Cajamarca)

Habitat

They are found in the undergrowth of humid forests, scrub, shrubs and along ditches (exact habitat depends on which other Tapaculos they compete with). Occurs at heights around 1,500 to 4,000 m.

Behaviour

Very difficult to observe as it hides in vegetation.

Diet

Their main diet consists of arthropods, such as beetles. They may also eat some plant matter.

Breeding

There is very little information available. They apparently build a globe-shaped nest

References

  1. 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/
  2. Avibase
  3. Krabbe, N., T. S. Schulenberg, and G. M. Kirwan (2021). Blackish Tapaculo (Scytalopus latrans), version 1.1. In Birds of the World (G. M. Kirwan, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/bow.blatap1.01.1

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External Links

GSearch checked for 2020 platform.

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