Its native forest habitat is being continuously subjected to alteration, damage, and pollution which lead to serious decline of its already small population.
It was only in 1997 that a formal description was given to the Ecuadorian Tapaculo from the Scytalopus genus. This passerine bird species lives in a very small area within Ecuador’s humid forest region. At 11 cm in length, it is relatively small bird with grey plumage, black heavy bill, and brown-hued nape, rump, and flanks.
Its song consists of a series of double notes that resonate repeatedly for almost sixty seconds. It prefers to forage in solitude or with a partner, feeding on small invertebrates.