This species is currently known with certainty only from a single location in the vicinity of the town of Santa Rosa at the foothills of the Cordillera del Cóndor (Cajamarca Department), north-eastern Peru, at around 1,000m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
It has only been recorded from primary premontane forest, with breeding taking place in bromeliads.
The population status of this species is not known. Much of the area is deforested and populations are only known from forest remnants that remain on some steep cliffs and slopes.
The main threat is habitat clearance for agricultural use (including pastureland and coffee cultivation). Recently, a few specimens have also been reported in international trade.
Reportedly present in the Cordillera del Cóndor Reserve, this species is also protected by national legislation. Further research into the distribution and population status of the species is necessary, and there is a need to monitor its presence in international trade.
Javier Icochea, Karl-Heinz Jungfer, Stefan Lötters, Wilfredo Arizabal, Jorge Luis Martinez 2004. Excidobates mysteriosus. In: IUCN 2014