Formerly (with C. splendens) placed, with all current congeners except C. magellanicus, C. principalis and C. imperialis, in genus Phloeoceastes. Usually regarded as conspecific with C. splendens, but differs in having two mid-sized white spots vs three large buff spots on flight-feathers (apparently previously undocumented in the literature) (3); black vs red on mid-throat to upper breast on male (3); shade less deep red crown (ns); submoustachial not extending down neck side (2); generally slightly less barred and mottled underparts and back (ns); reputedly different voice#R, consisting of a loud “stk! st-kr-r-r-r-r-r-r” rather than simply a loud “stk” (at least 1). Monotypic.
E Andes of Colombia to S Peru.
Food and feeding
Status and conservation
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