This species occurs on the western flank of the Cordillera Oriental in the departments of Cundinamarca and Santander, Colombia, at 1,750-2,000m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
It lives in streams in old growth cloud forest. It lays its eggs on vegetation, and the larvae develop in the water.
It was common in Virolín in 1987; however, there has been no survey work for the species since.
Habitat loss due to agriculture and cattle ranching, and predation by introduced trout, are the major threats to this species.
It occurs in the Santuario de Fauna y Flora Guanentá Alto Río Fonce. Continued and strengthened management of this reserve, and expanded protection of cloud forest elsewhere in the range of this species is needed.
This species was previously included in the genus Hyla, but has recently been moved to the resurrected genus Hyloscirtus (Faivovich et al. 2005).
María Cristina Ardila-Robayo, Jose Vicente Rueda 2004. Hyloscirtus piceigularis. In: IUCN 2014