Tapaculos (Rhinocryptidae)

Collared Crescentchest (Melanopareia torquata) - HBW 8, p. 786

French: Cordon-noir à col roux German: Rotnacken-Bandvogel Spanish: Pecholuna Brasileño

Taxonomy: Synallaxis torquatus Wied, 1831, Campo Geral of inner Brazil = campos on the Bahia-Minas Gerais border, east Brazil.
Genus differs considerably from other members of family, though shows certain structural similarities with Teledromas (see page 748). Race bitorquata has been treated by some authors as a dark variant of rufescens. Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • bitorquata (d’Orbigny & Lafresnaye, 1837) - E Bolivia (NE Santa Cruz).
  • rufescens Hellmayr, 1924 - C Brazil (from S Pará S to E Mato Grosso do Sul, Minas Gerais and interior São Paulo) and extreme E Paraguay.
  • torquata (Wied, 1831) - E Brazil in S Piauí and W Bahia.