Family Tanagers (Thraupidae)

Least Concern

Black-throated Grosbeak (Saltator fuliginosus)


French: Saltator fuligineux German: Papageischnabelsaltator Spanish: Pepitero fuliginoso

Loxia fuliginosa


, 1800,

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


Present species and S. grossus sometimes treated as conspecific, and both sometimes placed in a separate genus, Pitylus, but latest molecular evidence locates them in Saltator and finds them sufficiently divergent to represent two species#R. Monotypic.


E Brazil (E Pernambuco and Alagoas; Goiás; S Bahia and E Minas Gerais S to N Rio Grande do Sul) and NE Argentina (Misiones); possibly also SE Paraguay (no recent records).

Descriptive notes

22 cm. Male has crown and upperparts deep slate-blue, wing-feathers dull black with deep slate-blue edges, tail more uniform dull black; lores, face, ear-coverts, throat and... read more


Song is a loud series of whistles, often delivered in two parts with long interval in between, e.g... read more


Humid forest, from sea-level to 1200 m; largely montane in N part of range.

Food and feeding

No published data available on diet. Forages in middle and upper levels of forest; occasionally lower.


Nest undescribed; eggs stated to be uniformly clear greenish-blue; frequently parasitized by Shiny Cowbird (Molothrus bonariensis... read more


Apparently sedentary.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Uncommon. Not well known. In E Paraguay recorded in early decades of 20th century in Alto Paraná, but no records since then. Much of this species’... read more

Recommended citation

Brewer, D. (2018). Black-throated Grosbeak (Saltator fuliginosus). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 22 March 2018).