Magellanic Tapaculo Scytalopus magellanicus Scientific name definitions

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

Priorities for Future Research


One of the principal priorities is to fully understand the nature of the Andean population, including its distributional limits, its differences with the southern population, and to clarify whether this is a different subspecies or species. Another taxonomic priority is to clarify the status of the population on Navarino Island. In addition to understanding the nature of these two outlier populations, research is needed to better understand habitat differences from Dusky Tapaculo.

Studies are also needed to understand how this small bird moves between creeks. Additional research is needed to better understand its habitat requirements in urban areas to better preserve these conditions in cities, as well as to facilitate connection of fragmented populations. Many other aspects of its natural history remain poorly known and understudied, including aspects of its breeding ecology, diet, and evolutionary history, and require additional research.

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