An endemic bird limited strictly to the highlands and paramo vegetation of Los Nevados National Park in the Central Andes and nowhere else in the world.

Small flocks (5-30 individuals) can be seen at treeline (3000 – 4100m) in Los Nevados National Park (departments of Caldas, Risaralda, Quindío & Tolima), especially at fruiting shrubs and trees or in steep cliffs where it nests in groups.