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Photo by Michael W
Photo taken: Rio Silanche (PVM), NW Ecuador.
Lophotriccus pileatus


L. p. luteiventris
Photo © by NJLarsen
Upper Rio Indio Road, El Valle, Cocle, Panama,
17 August 2022


Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, and Peru.



Five subspecies are recognized[1].

  • L. p. luteiventris
  • Highlands of Costa Rica to eastern Panama (Darién)
  • L. p. santaeluciae
  • Sierra de Perijá (Colombia/Venezuela border) and northeastern and northern Venezuela (from western Zulia east to northwestern Anzoátegui and south to Táchira)
  • L. p. squamaecrista
  • Andes of Colombia, south through the foothills and lowlands of western Ecuador to extreme northwestern Peru (Tumbes
  • L. p. pileatus
  • Andes of eastern Ecuador and Peru (south to northern Cuzco)
  • L. p. hypochlorus
  • Andes of southeastern Peru (Cuzco and Puno)


Moist lowland forests and montanes.



  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/

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