Distribution in the Americas
Resident in western Amazonia. Occurs from southeastern Colombia south to south central Peru and east, primarily south of the Amazon?, to central Brazil.
Restricted to the lowlands. Occurs below 500 m in Colombia (Hilty and Brown 1986), and primarily below 600 m in Ecuador, although there locally up to 1100 m (Ridgely and Greenfield 2001a).
Occurs in damp second growth with a dense understory, at forest edge and in similar situations. Often along edges of forest bordering gardens, and under thickets of Heliconia, Costus and Piper on medium aged and old river islands, often under stands of Cecropia. This habitat is regularly flooded on a seasonal basis, during which times birds seem to disappear, while still present in second growth on adjacent mainland (T. A. Parker, unpublished).