This species can be found in southern Colombia, Amazonian Ecuador and much of northern and central Amazonian Peru. Its elevation is between 200 and 700m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
A sub-canopy (c. 20 m) species of floodplain tropical forest, and terra firme forest. It may be found on tree branches and in open areas (Ron, 2001). It is a phytotelm breeder, with eggs laid in bromeliads. It is not present in disturbed habitats.
It is a common species.
There are no major threats; it is a widespread species with large areas of suitable habitat remaining. There is some localized habitat loss to general human activities such as agriculture (crops, livestock etc.).
In Peru, this species might occur in Santiago Comaina and Gueppi Reserved Zones, Pacaya Samiria National Reserve, Biabo Cordillera Azul Reserved Zone, Bosque de Protección San Matias San Carlos, Yanachaga Chemillen National Park and Yanesha Communal Reserve. In Ecuador, its geographic range overlaps with Reserva de Producción Faunística Cuyabeno, and Parque Nacional Yasuní. In Colombia it occurs in Parque Nacional Natural Amacayacu and Parque Nacional El Pure.
This species was removed from synonymy of Osteocephalus taurinus by Duellman and Mendelson (1995).
Ariadne Angulo, Luis A. Coloma, Santiago Ron, Fernando Castro, Jose Vicente Rueda, Karl-Heinz Jungfer, Javier Icochea 2010. Osteocephalus planiceps. In: IUCN 2014