Puna district, Peru; error = Loja, Ecuador.
Forms a superspecies with A. amazilia and probably A. castaneiventris#R, of which formerly considered a race; differs in coloration, size (larger, except in tail length)#R, song repertoire and habitat requirements, and probably parapatric with A. amazilia dumerilii in Casanga Valley (C Loja), where no interbreeding yet observed. Morphological characters also suggest a reasonably close relationship with A. tzacatl#R. Some authorities maintain alticola as a subspecies of amazilia, but have recognized sufficient geographical variation within alticola to name another subspecies azuay (in R Jubones drainage in Azuay and immediately adjacent Loja), which should be regarded as conspecific with alticola, if the latter is split from amazilia, although the authors of azuay postulated that their new taxon might prove to be specifically distinct, while alticola would remain a subspecies of amazilia#R. Monotypic.
Andes of S Ecuador; doubtfully N Peru (the only evidence of its occurrence there being the type specimen, which is “said to be [from] the Puna district of Peru”)#R, although the type does appear to show some morphological characters suggestive of it being from the S end of the taxon’s range#R.
Food and feeding
Status and conservation
Only subscribers are able to see the bibliography. Login or Subscribe to get access to a lot of extra features!