Rock Tapaculo Scytalopus petrophilus


Justification of Red List Category
This recently-described species has has a very large range, and hence does not approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the range size criterion (extent of occurrence <20,000 km2 combined with a declining or fluctuating range size, habitat extent/quality, or population size and a small number of locations or severe fragmentation). Despite the fact that the population trend appears to be decreasing, the decline is not believed to be sufficiently rapid to approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the population trend criterion (>30% decline over ten years or three generations). The population size has not been quantified, but it is not believed to approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the population size criterion (<10,000 mature individuals with a continuing decline estimated to be >10% in ten years or three generations, or with a specified population structure). For these reasons the species is evaluated as Least Concern.

Trend justification
It inhabits a wide variety of habitats and persists in partially deforested and burnt areas where invasive plants occur (Whitney et al. 2010), and any declines are therefore unlikely to be sufficiently rapid to approach thresholds for threatened status. Nevertheless, a decreasing current trend is still likely based on habitat loss and degradation taking place within parts of the range.

Distribution and population

The species has a patchy distribution within the Espinhaço and Mantiqueira Ranges of Minas Gerais and northern São Paulo states, in eastern Brazil.


Text account compilers
Khwaja, N.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2017) Species factsheet: Scytalopus petrophilus. Downloaded from on 17/10/2017. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2017) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from on 17/10/2017.