Chucao tapaculo

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Chucao tapaculo
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Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Rhinocryptidae
Genus: Scelorchilus
S. rubecula
Binomial name
Scelorchilus rubecula
(Kittlitz, 1830)

The chucao tapaculo (Scelorchilus rubecula) is a species of bird in the Rhinocryptidae family. It is found in central Chile and adjacent Argentina; it has also been spotted in the Magallanes Province.[2] Its natural habitat is temperate forests.[3] The diet of the chucao tapaculo is dominated by invertebrates and fruits.[4] This bird show a pattern of aggressiveness and territoriality towards the other species of tapaculos in the forest of southern Chile.[5] The chucao tapaculo seems vulnerable to the fragmentation of its habitat.[6][7][8]


  1. ^ BirdLife International (2012). "Scelorchilus rubecula". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013.
  2. ^ Cárcamo, J. et al. (2008) First record of Scelorchilus rubecula (Kittlitz, 1830) (Rhinocryptidae) in Magallanes. Anales Instituto Patagonia 36(2):79-81.
  3. ^ Amico, G.C. et al. (2008) Spatial structure and scale-dependent microhabitat use of endemic “tapaculos” (Rhinocryptidae) in a temperate forest of southern South America. Ecología Austral 18:169-180.
  4. ^ Correa, A. et al. (1990) Diet of the Chucao (Scelorchilus rubecula), a terrestrial Passerine endemic to the temperate rain forest of austral South America. Revista Chilena de Historia Natural 63: 197-202.
  5. ^ Correa, A. & Figueroa, J.A. (2003) Observations of aggressiveness and territoriality among species of Rhinocryptidae in a rain forest fragment in Southern Chile. Ornitologia Neotropical 14: 121-125.
  6. ^ Willson, M.F. (2006) Loss of habitat connectivity hinders pair formation and juvenile dispersal of Chucao Tapaculos in Chilean rainforest. The Condor 106(1):166-171.
  7. ^ Wilson, M.F. & Pendleton, G.W. (2008) Survival of Chucaos (Scelorchilus rubecula) in rainforest fragments on Isla Chiloé, Chile. Boletín Chileno de Ornitología 14(1):2-7.
  8. ^ Wilson, M.F. (2006) Chucaos in Chiloé.Boletín Chileno de Ornitología 12:40-44.

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