Paramo Tapaculo

Scientific Name
Scytalopus opacus
Conservation Status
Not Recognized (NR)

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Wikipedia Article

The Paramo Tapaculo (Scytalopus opacus) is a species of bird in the Formicariidae family. It is found at altitudes of in the Andes of northern Peru, Ecuador and southern Colombia (Cordillera Central). It has traditionally been treated as a subspecies of S. canus, but the two have different voices, leading to them being split into separate species in 2010. The Paramo Tapaculo resembles other Scytalopus tapaculos, being overall dark grey with brown to the lower flanks. Females are dull brown above. The subspecies androstictus was described in 2010 from south-eastern Ecuador and northern Peru. Unlike the nominate subspecies, most male androstictus have white to the primary coverts. If following the phylogenetic species concept, androstictus would be a separate species, but under the biological species concept it "only" qualifies as a subspecies. The Paramo Tapaculo has not been rated by the IUCN, but when treated as conspecific with S. canus the "combined species" is considered Least Concern. As the Paramo Tapaculo generally is common to fairly common and occurs in several protected areas, it is unlikely to be threatened.