Yurimaguas, Shanusi, north-eastern Peru.
Part of the P. picta–leucotis complex (see P. picta). Type of present species collected in 1885. It is hypothesized that this species may formerly have been more widespread, but has subsequently decreased and fragmented its range in the face of genetic pressure from neighbouring P. roseifrons and P. peruviana; an area of possible sympatry with roseifrons exists around R Cushabatay; birds from Tarapoto are probably intermediate with roseifrons; in order to establish the taxonomic status and relationships of members of this complex extensive research, especially in form of ecological and molecular studies, is still required. Differs from P. peruviana in characters given under that species (see above); differs from P. roseifrons in its brown vs bright red forecrown to mid-crown (3), greyish-white vs white cere and periorbital skin (2), and smaller size (allow 1) yet with longer tail (allow 1) (2). Monotypic.
Two disjunct populations, both in extreme W Amazonia of N Peru: one by San Martín–Loreto border from Shanusi to Yurimaguas and Sarayacu, and possibly R Cushabatay; the other in E Loreto, in Santa Cecilia region and Quebrada Vainilla along R Amazon to mouth of R Orosa#R.
Food and feeding
Status and conservation
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