Distribution in the Americas
Long-whiskered Owlet is resident in the Andes of northern Peru. Most records are from the vicinity of the type locality, near Abra Patricia, a pass on the border between the departments of Amazonas and San Martín (including at sites ca 20 km to west at La Esperanza, Brinkhuisen et al. 2012). Also reported from the Cordillera Colán in Amazonas, ca 90 km west northwest of Abra Patricia (Collar et al. 1992, Cardiff and Remsen 1994).
The elevational range of Long-whiskered Owlet is ca 1900-2400 m (Schulenberg et. al. 2010).
Little known in any detail. Long-whiskered Owlet inhabits elfin forest and humid montane forest. At the type locality, the habitat is described as "often shrouded in fog, soaking mist, or rain. The height of the forest canopy there is 6-9 meters in sheltered valleys but approximately 4 meters on exposed ridgetops. All forest components are covered with heavy moss jackets and laden with orchids, bromeliads, strap-leafed ferns, and bryophytes ... Chusquea bamboo forms dense thickets in canopy openings and along small streams. The forest floor is matted with roots and covered by a thick, peaty humus layer. A great number of tall, slender, emergent palms (Mauritius?) and an occasional tree fern give the forest a distinctive and characteristic appearance unlike that of any other subtropical forest in Peru with which we are familiar" (O'Neill and Graves 1977).