Hitherto considered conspecific with C. rupicola, but differs in its rich tan-buff face, throat and breast and yellow-buff belly and rump (vs greyish-buff and creamy-buff respectively) (2); close-packed long barring on breast vs loose butterfly-shaped spotting (3); no red on nape (2); red of moustachial confined to distal end vs shot through almost entire moustache (ns); slightly longer tail (mean 128, n=21, vs 115, n=20, effect size 2.3, score 2); narrow hybrid zone N of L Junín, C Peru#R (2). Reported vocal differences from C. rupicola#R merit further investigation. Monotypic.
Extreme S Ecuador (SE Loja) and N & C Peru (Piura and Amazonas S to Pasco and N Junin).
Food and feeding
Status and conservation
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