Family Tanagers (Thraupidae)

Least Concern

Black-throated Saltator (Saltator atricollis)


French: Saltator à gorge noire German: Schwarzhalssaltator Spanish: Pepitero gorjinegro

Saltator atricollis


, 1817,



See S. multicolor. Monotypic.


E & C Brazil (from N Ceará and Maranhão, also recently Pernambuco, S in interior to Mato Grosso, N São Paulo and S Minas Gerais), N & E Bolivia (La Paz, Beni and Santa Cruz) and NE Paraguay.

Descriptive notes

20–20·5 cm; one male 53·8 g. Forehead is dark brown, crown and upper­parts, including upperwing-coverts and remiges, dull dark brown with lighter... read more


Song a fast and musical jumbled warbling, e.g. “weet-jewir-p-weet­jeweer”, lasting... read more


Dry caatinga and cerrado scrub, mostly at 500–1300 m, locally to 1800 m in... read more

Food and feeding

Diet in Minas Gerais (Brazil) mostly seeds and flower buds, followed by fruit and small numbers of invertebrates. Occurs in mixed-species... read more


Few data available, all from Minas Gerais (Brazil). Birds carrying food to young in Mar–Apr, nest with well-feathered young on 17th... read more


Apparently sedentary.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Quite common in parts of its range. First recorded in Beni, in NE Bolivia, in 2004, since when there have been several further observations. This... read more

Recommended citation

Brewer, D. (2020). Black-throated Saltator (Saltator atricollis). 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 28 January 2020).