Tapaculos (Rhinocryptidae)

White-crowned Tapaculo (Scytalopus atratus) - HBW 8, p. 772

French: Mérulaxe couronné German: Nördlicher Weißstirntapaculo Spanish: Churrín Coroniblanco
Other common names: Northern White-crowned Tapaculo; Boyaca Tapaculo (atratus)

Taxonomy: Scytalopus atratus Hellmayr, 1922, Río Negro, Boyacá, Colombia.
For many years considered a race of, and partly confused with, broadly sympatric S. femoralis. Systematics, and range of races listed, still unresolved; birds from S slope of Venezuelan Andes (Táchira and Mérida) tentatively included in nigricans; those from C Andes of Peru (S Amazonas to Cuzco), although included in nominate, are vocally distinct, with voice more similar to that of Venezuelan birds. Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • nigricans Phelps, Sr. & Phelps, Jr., 1953 - W Venezuela in Perijá Mts, and S slope of Andes in Táchira and Mérida.
  • confusus J. T. Zimmer, 1939 - C Andes and E slope of W Andes in Colombia.
  • atratus Hellmayr, 1922 - E Andes of Colombia and E Ecuador, and C Andes of Peru (S Amazonas S to Cuzco), Cordillera Azul and Cordillera de Sira.