Taraguacocha, Cordillera de Chilla, Ecuador.
Closely related to P. argyrotis, with which has been considered conspecific. Has been suggested as being a race of P. montagnii. Peruvian population has been treated as a geographical race, inexpectata, but validity doubtful, as distinguishing characters of plumage, especially vermiculated belly, reported also in some specimens from Ecuador, and may be an immature feature. Monotypic.
W slope in S Ecuador (E El Oro, Loja and W Zamora-Chinchipe, perhaps Azuay#R) and adjacent NW Peru (E Piura, Cajamarca and E Lambayeque).
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Status and conservation
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