SALTATORS & ALLIES   -   THRAUPIDAE 

These species were transferred from Cardinalidae toThraupidae. Includes Yellow-shouldered Grosbeak and Many-colored Chaco Finch


Yellow-shouldered Grosbeak - Parkerthraustes humeralis
Yellow-shouldered Grosbeak
Parkerthraustes humeralis
WildSumaco, Napo province, Ecuador.
As unusually high record (1400 m) of this mostly Amazonian species. It has has been reclassified as a tanager, but I have it still in the Cardinalidae until I get around to fixing my galleries - a pretty big job (and I would be rather posting new photos!) (S7)


Many-colored Chaco-Finch - Saltatricula multicolor
Many-colored Chaco-Finch
Saltatricula multicolor
El Tunal, Salta province, Argentina.
Another neat bird, there's nothing else really quite like it, and it is uncertain what family it belongs to. It was singing, which why its head was lifted up like that. (D3)


Black-throated Saltator - Saltator atricollis
Black-throated Saltator
Saltator atricollis
Chapada dos Guimar„es, Mato Grosso state, Brazil.
(S7)


Buff-throated Saltator - Saltator maximus
Buff-throated Saltator
Saltator maximus maximus
Tandayapa Bird Lodge, Pichincha province, Ecuador.
The SACC now puts Saltator in the Tanagers (Thraupidae), but I maintain them here for the time being. (S7)


Buff-throated Saltator - Saltator maximus
Buff-throated Saltator
Saltator maximus magnoides
Arenal Observatory, Alajuela province, Costa Rica.
Northern subspecies such as this one show much more black on the breast. (S8)


Black-winged Saltator - Saltator atripennis
Black-winged Saltator
Saltator atripennis caniceps
Mashpi Amagusa Reserve, Pichincha, Ecuador.
Restricted to the Andes of Colombia and Ecuador. (S11)


Black-winged Saltator - Saltator atripennis
Black-winged Saltator
Saltator atripennis caniceps
Mashpi Amagusa Reserve, Pichincha, Ecuador.
(S11)


Black-headed Saltator - Saltator atriceps
Black-headed Saltator
Saltator atriceps lacertosus
Arenal Observatory, Alajuela province, Costa Rica.
A close relative of the previous species, but restricted to Middle America. (S6)


Orinocan Saltator - Saltator orenocensis
Orinocan Saltator
Saltator orenocensis rufescens
Perico, La Guajira, Colombia.
A handsome saltator found only in Colombia and Venezuela. (S11)


Grayish Saltator - Saltator coerulescens
Grayish Saltator
Saltator coerulescens coerulescens
Pixaim, Pantanal, Mato Grosso state, Brazil
A widespread Neotropical species found in a variety of wooded habitats from Mexico to northern Argentina. (S8)


Grayish Saltator - Saltator coerulescens
Grayish Saltator
Saltator coerulescens coerulescens
Transpantanal Highway, Mato Grosso, Brazil.
(S8)


Green-winged Saltator - Saltator similis
Green-winged Saltator
Saltator similis similis
Iguazķ National Park, Misiones province, Argentina.
It is locally a common Atlantic Rainforest species, but in much of its Brazilian range it is quite scarce since it is a highly sought-after cage bird. Called Trinca-ferro in Portuguese, they can be worth over US$3000 on the black market. (S6)


Thick-billed Saltator - Saltator maxillosus
Thick-billed Saltator
Saltator maxillosus
Algulhas Negras road, Itatiaia NP, Rio de Janeiro state, Brazil.
An Atlantic Forest endemic; it often occurs together with the previous species. The two are rather similar, but Thick-billed usually has a noticeably thicker bill that often shows some pale patches on the lower mandible (not very obvious on this individual). They also have bolder and longer eyebrows. (S7)


Golden-billed Saltator - Saltator aurantiirostris
Golden-billed Saltator
Saltator aurantiirostris aurantiirostris
Yavi, Jujuy department, Argentina.
Male. This striking bird occurs from northern Peru to central Argentina. It prefers open woodland and tolerates very degraded habitat and farmland as long as their at least a few trees around. (S6)


Golden-billed Saltator - Saltator aurantiirostris
Golden-billed Saltator
Saltator aurantiirostris aurantiirostris
San Lorenzo, Salta province, Argentina.
Female. (S6)


Slate-colored Grosbeak - Saltator grossus
Slate-colored Grosbeak
Saltator grossus saturatus
Rio Silanche Bird Sanctuary, Pichincha province, Ecuador.
Male. A common rainforest species from Nicaragua to the Amazon basin. (S8)


Slate-colored Grosbeak - Saltator grossus
Slate-colored Grosbeak
Saltator grossus saturatus
Rio Silanche Bird Sanctuary, Pichincha province, Ecuador.
Female. (S8)


















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