Man-made developments such as agriculture, mining, and cattle-raising play a significant role for the destruction of its forest habitat, driving the species into near extinction.
The Chestnut-Capped Piha was first discovered in 1999, living in the Central Andes of Colombia. Like other pihas, this passerine bird species delivers a loud, piercing vocalisation. However, it can be distinguished by its physical features such as its grey plumage, brown crown, and yellow orbital ring. The barb-like projections from its outer primaries create a distinct whirring noise during display flights.