An endemic little bird mostly from dry forests but also humid forests, forest borders, second growth and gardens with scattered trees and shrubs. Present in the mid and upper Cauca Valley, Patía Valley and dry canyons of the Western Andes (Pacific slope) in Dagua and Calima, between 800 – 2100m.

Can be seen in Los Alcázares Ecopark in Manizales, Cameguadua marsh in Chinchiná (Caldas), Centro de La Guadua (Quindío) and a plural number of localities.