Caracas tapaculo

Caracas tapaculo

Caracas tapaculo

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Scytalopus caracae

The Caracas tapaculo (Scytalopus caracae ) is a species of bird in the family Rhinocryptidae. It is endemic to Venezuela.

Appearance

The Caracas tapaculo is 11.5 cm (4.5 in) long and weighs approximately 24 g (0.85 oz). The adult has dark gray upperparts, a tawny rump, and a paler gray throat and breast. The flanks and crissum (the area around the cloaca) are tawny with dusky barring. The juvenile's plumage has not been described.

Distribution

Geography

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Biogeographical realms

The Caracas tapaculo is found in the Venezuelan Coastal Range and separately in a small area where Sucre, Anzoátegui, and Monagas States meet. It inhabits the undergrowth of several humid forest types including primary and secondary woodland and their edges. Unlike many other tapaculos, it tends to shun Chusquea bamboo. It ranges in elevation between 1,200 and 2,400 m (3,900 and 7,900 ft).

Caracas tapaculo habitat map

Biome

Caracas tapaculo habitat map
Caracas tapaculo
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Habits and Lifestyle

The Caracas tapaculo's feeding and breeding phenologies have not been recorded. Its song is a series of notes rising and then falling in both volume and pitch. It scolds with a wheezy chatter.

Lifestyle
Seasonal behavior
Bird's call

Population

Population number

The IUCN has assessed the Caracas tapaculo as being of Least Concern. Although its population size has not been determined, it is thought to be fairly common. Much of the larger western part of its range is within protected areas but the smaller eastern area is suffering deforestation.

References

1. Caracas tapaculo Wikipedia article - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caracas_tapaculo
2. Caracas tapaculo on The IUCN Red List site - https://www.iucnredlist.org/species/22729265/95010977
3. Xeno-canto bird call - https://xeno-canto.org/229465

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