Magellanic Tapaculo Scytalopus magellanicus Scientific name definitions

Vicente Pantoja and César Muñoz
Version: 2.0 — Published January 13, 2023

Demography and Populations


There is no information related to topics such as age at first breeding, life span and survivorship, dispersal, or population regulation.

Measures of Breeding Activity

Age at First Breeding

Information needed.

Annual and Lifetime Reproductive Success

One study found a 74% nest success rate in Chiloé temperate rainforest and 0.009 ± 0.004 daily nest mortality in Chiloé National Park, compared to 0.008 ± 0.002 in forest fragments (n = 47) (17). The same study also found 61% success rate of fledged juveniles (n = 21 successful nests), from both continuous and fragmented forest (17).

Life Span and Survivorship

Information needed.

Disease and Body Parasites

Information needed.

Causes of Mortality

Predation may be higher in habitat fragments than in continuous habitat (17).

Population Spatial Metrics

Very little information. Highly local and usually in low densities due to its highly territorial behavior, so it is common to see/hear only one or two individuals using a patch of suitable habitat.

Population Status

The global population of Magellanic Tapaculo has not been estimated. According to BirdLife International, population trends are unknown (67). The bird has disappeared from islands such as the Falklands, and it has experienced habitat loss due to urbanization, so populations may be declining.

Population Regulation

Information needed.

Recommended Citation

Pantoja, V. and C. Muñoz (2023). Magellanic Tapaculo (Scytalopus magellanicus), version 2.0. In Birds of the World (S. M. Billerman, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/bow.magtap1.02