Tapaculos (Rhinocryptidae)

Matorral Tapaculo (Scytalopus griseicollis) - HBW 8, p. 779

French: Mérulaxe du matorral German: Südlicher Rostbürzeltapaculo Spanish: Churrín de Matorral
Other common names: Colombian Tapaculo (infasciatus)

Taxonomy: Merulaxis grisei-collis Lafresnaye, 1840, Bogotá, Colombia.
Previously considered a race of S. magellanicus. Owing to lack of vocal data, S. fuscicauda has sometimes been treated as conspecific, but this treatment is believed unlikely to be appropriate because of its isolated geographical distribution. Race infasciatus was formerly considered variously as a synonym of nominate race of present species, or of S. meridanus, or as a race of S. latebricola; recently proposed status as a full species, but vocalizations now found to be confusingly similar to those of nominate race of present species, so further study is req.. View all taxonomy...

Taxonomy: Merulaxis grisei-collis Lafresnaye, 1840, Bogotá, Colombia.
Previously considered a race of S. magellanicus. Owing to lack of vocal data, S. fuscicauda has sometimes been treated as conspecific, but this treatment is believed unlikely to be appropriate because of its isolated geographical distribution. Race infasciatus was formerly considered variously as a synonym of nominate race of present species, or of S. meridanus, or as a race of S. latebricola; recently proposed status as a full species, but vocalizations now found to be confusingly similar to those of nominate race of present species, so further study is required in order to establish its taxonomic status. Two subspecies tentatively recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • infasciatus Chapman, 1915 - E Andes of Colombia (precise range uncertain, type from Páramo de Beltrán).
  • griseicollis (Lafresnaye, 1840) - E Andes of C Colombia (Cundinamarca and Boyacá).