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Range DescriptionThis species occurs in the south Cauca valley, in Valle and Cauca, south-west Colombia (Collar et al. 1992). Since 1990 a spate of records has extended its range south through Ecuador, with localities in Napo (N. Krabbe in litt. 1995, S. N. G. Howell in litt. 1996, Lpez-Lans 2001), Morona-Santiago (M. Reid in litt. 1997) and perhaps Manab (Lpez-Lans 2001), and into Amazonas, north-east Peru (Schulenberg and Awbrey 1997). It has apparently declined in Colombia, where there have been only five records at two sites since 1966, perhaps as a result of overuse of agrochemicals in the Cauca valley, where flocks of 20-25 were reported in the 1950s and early 1960s (Collar et al. 1992). Recent records suggest that it is more common elsewhere within its range, and its apparent preference for degraded habitats implies that deforestation may actually benefit the species (at least) in the short term (Chantler and Driessens 1995).