IUCN threat status:

Near Threatened (NT)


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Range Description

Polystictus pectoralis has a very localised and disjunct distribution in the Andes of Colombia, where it was known from the upper ro Dagua valley (Valle del Cauca), and Bogot swamp (Cundinamarca) (race bogotensis); north-east Colombia (Meta), Venezuela (from Barinas to Bolvar in the south; also Carabobo), Guyana, south Suriname (Sipaliwini), north French Guiana (Sinnamary), and extreme north Brazil (Roraima, north Par, and Amap) (race brevipennis); central-south Brazil (Mato Grosso, Mato Grosso do Sul, south Gois, So Paulo and Rio Grande do Sul, but relatively few sites (Parker and Willis 1997), Paraguay (uncommon in the extreme south Oriente, but generally rare and unrecorded in extreme eastern regions (Hayes 1995), south Uruguay and east Bolivia (several old specimens from Santa Cruz) (nominate race) (Collar and Wege 1995). It is an austral summer visitor to central-east Argentina (south to Mendoza, La Pampa and west Buenos Aires) (Collar and Wege 1995). Although widespread and fairly common at a few localities, it is generally scarce with no recent records from Bolivia. There have been no confirmed records since the 1950s of Colombian race bogotensis, and it is now considered extinct (Collar and Wege 1995, Donegan 2004).


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