This species is known from the departments of Antioquia and Caldas on the Cordillera Occidental of the Colombian Andes from 1,140 -1,940m asl. Cochran (1970) recorded one individual from Valle de Cauca Cisneros below 500m asl, but Lynch (1997, 1998b) and Ruiz-Carranza, Ardila-Robayo, and Lynch (1996) did not consider this to be a valid record. Probably by mistake, Acosta-Galvis (2000) included Valle del Cauca in its distribution.
Habitat and Ecology
It is found among fallen leaves, and branches and leaves of low herbaceous vegetation in secondary montane forest and mature forests. It breeds by direct development. It has not been recorded outside forest habitat.
It is not a common species.
Habitat loss due to agricultural development (including the planting of illegal crops) is the main threat to the species outside protected areas.
It occurs in Parque Nacional Natural Orquideas, but there is a need to strengthen and expand the existing coverage of protected areas in the Colombian Andes.
Mention of this species by Kattan (1984) refers to P. capitonis.
Fernando Castro, Maria Isabel Herrera, John Lynch 2004. Pristimantis cabrerai. In: IUCN 2014