Tapaculos (Rhinocryptidae)

Paramo Tapaculo (Scytalopus canus) - HBW 8, p. 780

French: Mérulaxe du paramo German: Páramotapaculo Spanish: Churrín Paramero

Taxonomy: Scytalopus canus Chapman, 1915, Paramillo, 12,500 feet [c. 3800 m], Antioquia, Colombia.
Previously treated as a race of S. magellanicus. Geographical isolation of the two races, together with readily apparent plumage differences, suggest that they may be more appropriately treated as separate species (see page 751); future study of their vocalizations should assist in determining their taxonomic status. Racial identity of birds from C Andes of Colombia uncertain; tentatively included in race opacus. Birds from S of range (S of R Zamora in Ecuador), having different call note and with most males possessing white wing patch, may merit subspecific separation. Two subs.. View all taxonomy...

Taxonomy: Scytalopus canus Chapman, 1915, Paramillo, 12,500 feet [c. 3800 m], Antioquia, Colombia.
Previously treated as a race of S. magellanicus. Geographical isolation of the two races, together with readily apparent plumage differences, suggest that they may be more appropriately treated as separate species (see page 751); future study of their vocalizations should assist in determining their taxonomic status. Racial identity of birds from C Andes of Colombia uncertain; tentatively included in race opacus. Birds from S of range (S of R Zamora in Ecuador), having different call note and with most males possessing white wing patch, may merit subspecific separation. Two subspecies tentatively recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • canus Chapman, 1915 - W Andes of Colombia in Antioquia.
  • opacus J. T. Zimmer, 1941 - C Andes of Colombia (La Leonera, in Caldas; Volcán Puracé) S to Ecuador (in W, only in Carchi) and extreme N Peru.