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Male, Subspecies homochroa
Photo © by Thibaud Aronson
ACP Hierba Buena Allpayacu, Amazonas, Peru, 12 July 2022
Catamenia homochroa


Female, Subspecies oreophila
Photo © by NJ Larsen
Cuchilla de San Lorenzo, Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, Colombia, 22 August 2023


Found in Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and Venezuela as reflected in subspecies ranges below.


This is a polytypic species[1] consisting of 3 subspecies.


  • C. h. oreophila:
  • Santa Marta Mountains (northeastern Colombia)
  • C. h. homochroa:
  • C. h. duncani:
  • Tepuis of southern Venezuela (Bolívar and Amazonas) and northeastern Brazil


Humid forest edges in the mountains and dwarf forests in the treeline areas while staying close to woody structure.



  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, J. A. Gerbracht, D. Lepage, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2021. The eBird/Clements checklist of Birds of the World: v2021. Downloaded from https://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Schulenberg, T. S. and A. Jaramillo (2020). Paramo Seedeater (Catamenia homochroa), version 1.0. In Birds of the World (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/bow.parsee1.01

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