Distribution in the Americas
Golden-winged Manakin occurs in the Andes of northwestern South America, from Venezuela to northern Peru. In Colombia its distribution includes all three cordilleras. On the west side of the Andes, it occurs south to southwestern Ecuador (El Oro); on the east slope of the Andes, it ranges south to northern Peru, to south of the Río Marañón in Amazonas and San Martín (Kirwan and Green 2012).
Distribution outside the Americas
Endemic to South America.
Golden-winged Manakin is restricted to wet montane cloud forests, but when foraging also visits forest borders and clearings (Hilty and Brown 1986, Hilty 2003, Schulenberg et al. 2012, Kirwan and Green 2012). Altitude ranges from a low extreme of 400 m in localities in Ecuador to as high as 2300 m, though more commonly between 800-2000 m (Ridgeley and Greenfield 2001, Kirwan and Green 2012).