El Oro Tapaculo (Scytalopus robbinsi)

El Oro Tapaculo

El Oro Tapaculo

[order] PASSERIFORMES | [family] Rhinocryptidae | [latin] Scytalopus robbinsi | [UK] El Oro Tapaculo | [FR] Merulaxe de Robbins | [DE] Robbinstapaculo | [ES] Churrin de El Oro | [NL]


Monotypic species

Physical charateristics

A small grey tapaculo with relatively heavy bill and barred brown flanks. The nape, lower back, uppertail-coverts, rump and inner remiges are usually dark brown; tail blackish; bill black. Female has more brown below.

wingspan min.: 0 cm wingspan max.: 0 cm
size min.: 11 cm size max.: 12 cm
incubation min.: 0 days incubation max.: 0 days
fledging min.: 0 days fledging max.: 0 days
broods: 0   eggs min.: 0  
      eggs max.: 0  


South America : Southwest Ecuador. Scytalopus robbinsi occupies a small known range at Azuay and El Oro on the Pacific slope in south-west Ecuador.


It is a forest dependent species, occuring in the undergrowth of wet forest apparently favouring the most humid areas. It has been recorded between 700 and 1250 m above sea level


No data

Feeding habits

Probably They feed on insects, seeds and other soft plant material.


This species has a very small range within which habitat is severely fragmented and declining in extent and quality. The population is suspected to be declining rapidly owing to ongoing habitat loss. As a result of these factors, it qualifies as Endangered.
The species is threatened by habitat loss and fragmentation within its small range. As a forest dependent species intolerant of significant habitat modification it is reportedly more susceptible to these threats than El Oro Parakeet Pyrhura orcesi, which occupies a very similar range and is considered to be Endangered. The main threats to remaining habitat are posed by intensification of agriculture, forest clearance for livestock and conversion to plantations
El Oro Tapaculo status Endangered


Distribution map

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