French: Saltator à tête noire German: Schwarzscheitelsaltator Spanish: Pepitero cabecinegro
Tanagra (Saltator) atriceps
Six subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution
S. a. atriceps
(Lesson, 1832) – Caribbean slope of Mexico from S Tamaulipas S (except SE Veracruz and N & C Yucatán Peninsula) to E Costa Rica.
S. a. suffuscus
Wetmore, 1942 – Sierra de los Tuxtlas, in SE Veracruz (E Mexico).
S. a. raptor
(S. Cabot, 1845) – SE Mexico (Campeche, Yucatán and Quintana Roo).
S. a. flavicrissus
Griscom, 1937 – Guerrero E to C Oaxaca, in SW Mexico.
S. a. peeti
Brodkorb, 1940 – Pacific slope of E Oaxaca and Chiapas, in S Mexico.
S. a. lacertosus
Bangs, 1900 – E Costa Rica (Talamanca) and Panama (E to Canal Zone; one record in Darién).
24 cm; 63–116 g (El Salvador), 68·2–91·2 g (Yucatán). Nominate race has crown black, face blackish, white supercilium and greyish submoustachial area; upperparts,... read more
Song a loud series of cackling, scratchy squawks, ending in prolonged upwardly inflected whistle;... read more
Second growth, regenerating pastures, well-vegetated gardens, thickets. Sea-level to 1800 m in... read more
Food and feeding
Recorded food items include small fruits and seeds, flowers and tender buds; also insects. On one occasion seen to take a hummingbird (... read more
Breeding recorded end of May in Mexico, and season Apr–Jul in Costa Rica. Nest a bulky, shallow cup of grass, strips of banana leaves and... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Quite common in suitable habitat over much of its range. Takes advantage of second growth and abandoned farmland.
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