Chamaepetes unicolor is rare to locally fairly common throughout the highlands of Costa Rica and in Chiriquí, Bocas del Toro, Veraguas (Calovévora and Sante Fe) and west Coclé, west Panama5,6. It is common (estimated density of 7.4 birds/km2) in the Monteverde Cloud Forest Preserve, Costa Rica2, and large areas of suitable habitat are protected in La Amistad International Park and the Cordillera de Guanacaste7. This suggests that the 1994 population estimate of 800-1,000 birds in Costa Rica8 is too low. In Panama, it was reported as locally common in the 1930s, uncommon and local in 19714, and rare to locally fairly common (e.g. in Fortuna Forest Reserve) in the 1980s5. The species was found to be fairly common at Cerro Pena Blanca, west of El Cope, in 200110.
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