A very large, uncommon and difficult to see antpitta of dense bamboo stands and understory between 2200-3800m. It has one of the most intriguing voices of all antpittas. Present in north-western Venezuela and south in the Andes into Bolivia.

Can be seen with some luck at Río Blanco, where it has displaced the Bicolored Antpitta from some of the earthworm feeding stations.