This species occurs in the Colombian and Ecuadorian Andes. In Colombia it occurs on the Cerro Munchique in the Cordillera Occidental, and widely on both slopes of the Cordillera Central in Cauca, Nariño, Valle del Cauca and Putumayo Departments. It extends south to Ecuador, where it is found in Carchi, Imbabura, Sucumbios Provinces, south to Nevado Cayambe. It altitudinal range is from 2,500-3,700m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
It is a species of primary and secondary forest and forest edges, sub-páramo bush land, páramo, open areas, and croplands. It is typically found on herbaceous and gramineous vegetation, and in bromeliads (including giant bromeliads in the páramo). It breeds by direct development, the eggs are deposited in bromeliads and in leaf-litter.
It is a common species.
The major threats are likely to be deforestation for agricultural development, plantations, illegal crops, logging, and human settlement, and pollution resulting from the spraying of illegal crops. It is probably also impacted by fire.
It occurs in several protected areas in Colombia, and in Ecuador, its geographic range overlaps with the Reserva Ecológica Cayambe-Coca and the Reserva Ecológica El Angel.
Mario Yánez-Muñoz, Diego Almeida, Fernando Castro, Luis A. Coloma, Santiago Ron, Wilmar Bolívar 2010. Pristimantis buckleyi. In: IUCN 2014