|Brasilia Tapaculo (Scytalopus novacapitalis)|
|Serra da Canastra, Minas Gerais, Brazil
The Brasilia Tapaculo was only discovered in 1957 when Brazil's new capital, Brasilia, was under construction. It has subsequently been found in a few other sites but is endemic to a small area of Minas Gerais, Goiás and the Distrito Federal. It is classified as Near threatened by Birdlife International.
It is found in the damp undergrowth of gallery forest.
|The Brasilia Tapaculo has dark grey upperparts and whitish underparts with a pale grey throat and breast and rufous thighs and flanks. Its legs are yellowish-pink.
Like all tapaculos, they are very difficult to see as they scurry about in the undergrowth. Fortunately, it sings and responds to tape playback but it was not such a "cinch" for me as is suggested in the sitenotes. They seem to be inexpert fliers.
There is a poor illustration in Sick, Plate 45.