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Books about Tapaculos

This page lists books that are totally or partially about Tapaculos. The books are listed in order of publication date with the most recent at the top.


Family: Rhinocryptidae

There are approximately 55 species of Tapaculos. The majority of these are found in South America with a small number in Central America.

The majority are known as tapaculos but the family also includes huet-huets, turca, gallito, bamboowren and bristlefronts.


Handbook of the Birds of the World, Vol. 8: Broadbills to Tapaculos

Edited by Josep Del Hoyo, Andrew Elliott and David Christie

Lynx Edicions


845 pages, 81 colour plates, 470 colour photos, 672 distribution maps.

This volume covers broadbills, asities, pitas, ovenbirds, woodcreepers, typical antbirds, ground-antbirds, gnateaters and tapaculos.

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The Birds of South America, Volume 2, The Suboscine Passerines

Robert S. Ridgely & Guy Tudor

University of Texas Press


"The Birds of South America, projected to be a four-volume work, thus fills a critical void. Starting from a museum approach, the authors have examined specimens of each subspecies, comparing them visually and trying to discern the patterns in their plumage variation, both intra- and inter-specifically. They take a new look at bird systematics, reassessing relationships in light of new information. Perhaps most important, they combine this review and analysis with extensive field observations to give an accurate, incisive portrait of the birds in nature. At a time when rapid development is devastating millions of acres of tropical habitat in South America, this record of an endangered resource becomes crucial. If the birds and other plants and animals of South America are to be saved, they must first be known and appreciated."The Birds of South America" is a major step in that direction. Volume II includes: the Ovenbirds and Woodcreepers, Antbirds, Gnatcatchers, and Tapaculos; Tyrant Flycatchers; and Manakins and Cotingas.

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Catalogue Of The Passeriformes or Perching Birds In The Collection Of The British Museum

Tracheophonae or the families Dendrocolaptidae, Formicariidae, Conopophagidae, and Pteroptochidae

Catalogue Of The Birds In The British Museum, Volume XV

Philip Lutley Sclater

20 colour plates: J. Smit, P. Smit

Printed By Order Of The Trustees

Sold by: Longman & Co.; B. Quaritch; Kegan Paul, Trench, Trubner & Co.; and at the British Museum (Natural History)


From the introduction:

"As announced in the introduction to the fourteenth volume, the present yolume of the 'Catalogue of Birds' is devoted entirely to the Tracheophonine Passeres, that is to those Passerines in which the organ of voice is formed by a special modification of the lower end of the trachea, as more fully described below. According to Garrod's arrangement, which is followed here, the Tracheophonae form a subdivision of the Mesomyodae, although, from my own point of view, it would seem better to separate the Passeres into four suborders of equivalent value, of which the Tracheophonae should be considered the lowest and most abnormal. This, however, is not a point of material consequence. Whichever view is taken, the Tracheophonae remain as an independent group of Passeres absolutely distinguished from their fellows by the peculiar modification of their trachea, although, with external characters only to rely upon, it is in some cases difficult to separate them from corresponding forms of the Oscines and Oligomyodcv. So far as has been hitherto made out, the Tracheophonine structure prevails only in four families of Passerine Birds, all of which are absolutely restricted to the Neotropical Region. In the Neotropical Region, however, Trctcheophonae are abundant and widely spread, except in the Antillean Subregion, where they do not occur."
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Last updated December 2013