Usually thought to be closely related to P. simplex, P. callopterus and P. leucolaemus, and all four often treated as conspecific. Alternatively, present species frequently lumped with P. leucolaemus alone, but differs significantly in plumage details; possibly not even closely related. On the other hand, in some aspects of plumage litae resembles P. flavigula as much as it does P. leucolaemus, and some specimens of litae from SW Colombia were initially misidentified as P. flavigula. Monotypic.
W Colombia (Pacific slope of N Andes, middle Magdalena Valley) S to NW Ecuador (S to NW Pichincha).
Food and feeding
Status and conservation
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