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Range DescriptionThis species has an extensive but narrow and altitudinally restricted linear distribution on the coastal ranges of north-central Venezuela (Carabobo and Aragua) and north-east Colombia (Santa Marta Mountains), and from the subtropical slopes of the Andes from Venezuela (MÃ©rida and PerijÃ¡ Mountains) through Colombia, Ecuador and Peru to west-central Bolivia and north-west Argentina (FjeldsÃ¥ and Krabbe 1990, Thiollay 1994, Roesler et al. 2008). It is thought to be rare and patchily distributed but its status is very poorly known (Thiollay 1994, Ferguson-Lees and Christie 2001). A recent population estimate indicated that the total population may not exceed 1,000 individuals(Ferguson-Lees and Christie 2001), however, the Venezuelan population is estimated to be in the low hundreds (C. J. Sharpe in litt. 2003), a maximum of 200 individuals are estimated to reside in Ecuador (Ridgely and Greenfield 2001), and a large stretch of suitable habitat on the eastern slopes of the Andes in Colombia, from Huila to Meta department, is also thought to hold a few hundred individuals(T. Donegan in litt. 2010). The population in Argentina may be small (Ferguson-Lees and Christie 2001), and whilst there is an unquantified number in Peru and Bolivia, it remains rare.