This species from the Colombian Andes occurs on the western slopes of the Cordillera Central and eastern and western slopes of the Cordillera Occidental (in the Departments of Cauca, Quindío, Risaralda, and Valle del Cauca), at 950-2,300m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
It lives in disturbed areas that formerly supported cloud forest, and has not been found in closed forest. It is typically associated with open areas, especially where there are still waterbodies, such as small lakes, reservoirs, grassy marshes or pools, and natural and artificial wetlands. Some specimens have been found in Agave plants by day. It breeds in permanent ponds.
It is a common species.
It is very adaptable, and is not significantly threatened, except possibly by water pollution resulting from aerial spraying.
It is not known from any protected areas.
This species was previously within the genus Hyla but has recently been moved to the resurrected genus Dendropsophus (Faivovich, et al., 2005).
Wilmar Bolívar, Juan Manuel Renjifo 2004. Dendropsophus columbianus. In: IUCN 2014