8500–9500 feet [c. 2590–2895 m], south side of main valley of Río Guatapurí, Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, Magdalena, Colombia.
Hitherto (except when first described) treated as conspecific with D. taeniata and D. stictocephala, but differs from both in its denser blue streaking on forehead and eyebrow, forming a near-complete supercilium (2); buff vs black chin, throat and upper breast (3); and further from taeniata in its green-tinged dull dark blue vs matt black central crown to mantle and back (3); plus higher frequencies in song (3)#R; and further from stictocephala in its green-tinged dull dark blue vs dull grey-blue mantle and back (1); plus song consisting of 2–4 whistles instead of single whistle (3). Monotypic.
Santa Marta Mts, in N Colombia.
Status and conservation
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