Ecuadorian Tapaculo

South America


Scytalopus robbinsi


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.