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Ecuadorian Tapaculo, El Oro Tapaculo (Scytalopus robbinsi)

Mohamed bin Zayed Species project number 13257994

Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation (Project No. 13257994) - Ecuadorian Tapaculo, El Oro Tapaculo - Awarded $4,000 on April 01, 2014

The endangered Ecuadorian Tapaculo (Scytalopus robbinsi) is a bird endemic to southwestern Ecuador. It inhabits wet forests on the foothills of the Andes and requires a high amount of natural vegetation, mainly a dense understory cover. Population numbers are unknown, but assumed to decline at an accelerating pace due to high rates of habitat fragmentation an loss. More than 95% of natural forests in the Tapaculo's habitat range have been logged and converted to cattle pastures or agricultural plantations, resulting in a mosaic of disjunct fragments of forest patches. Being a bad disperser and reluctant to cross open habitat, the Ecuadorian Tapaculo demands a high level of habitat connectivity.


The main objective of our project is the creation of a scientific basis to restore functional connectivity for the Ecuadorian Tapaculo. Specifically, we aim at the following:

  • Assessment of the population status by counting individuals and territories  
  • Assessment of the genetic variability
  • Landscape genetics analysis to identify dispersal barriers
  • Identification of remaining suitable habitat

The results gained in our study will help us to establish an effective dispersal corridor for the Ecuadorian Tapaculo. A biological corridor connecting formerly disjunct Tapaculo populations will facilitate migration and gene flow between them and hopefully result in a species recovery.



Project 13257994 location - Ecuador, South America