Present in northern Colombia, on coastal lagoons of La Guajira peninsula and formerly in lower Magdalena Valley (Ciénaga de Zapatosa).

Can be seen along the Caribbean coast in La Guajira, especially at Los Flamencos Wildlife Sanctuary (Camarones) near Riohacha, and further north in Manaure, Musiche and Punta Gallinas. Both resident (breeding) and migratory populations exist in northern Colombia.