IUCN status is Critically Endangered. CITES II. Restricted-range species. The species is present in the Caribbean Colombia and Venezuela Endemic Bird Area. The species is a rare endemic to northern Colombian mangrove swamps. The species occurs within two major protected areas, Isla de Salamanca National Park and Ciénaga Grande de Santa Marta Sanctuary. Despite many searches in the 1990s, there have been very few records within Isla de Salamanca National Park. The Corporación Sentido Natural and Fundación Colibrí are currently researching the taxonomic status and ecological requirements of this species (IUCN 2008, Wege and Long 1995).