Family Tanagers (Thraupidae)

Least Concern

Black-winged Saltator (Saltator atripennis)


French: Saltator à ailes noires German: Schwarzschwingensaltator Spanish: Pepitero alinegro

Saltator atripennis

P. L. Sclater

, 1857,

Popayán, Colombia


Differences between races possibly not constant; species perhaps better treated as monotypic. Two subspecies tentatively recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • S. a. atripennis P. L. Sclater, 1857 – Colombia (both sides of W Andes and W slope of C Andes from Antioquia S to Nariño) and extreme NW Ecuador (W Esmeraldas).
  • S. a. caniceps Chapman, 1914 – disjunctly on W slope of E Andes of Colombia (Boyacá, Cundinamarca) and W Ecuador.
  • Descriptive notes

    20·5 cm; 44–60 g (Colombia). Nominate race has crown, ear-coverts and malar region black (crown sometimes grey), broad white supercilium, patch at rear of ear-coverts white;... read more


    Song in Ecuador a leisurely series of slurred notes with long pauses, rising and falling in pitch,... read more


    Humid or wet forest and forest borders, also mature second growth, generally rather wet. Mostly 500... read more

    Food and feeding

    No published details of diet; apparently fruit. Often in mixed-species feeding flocks with other species, including S. maximus.... read more


    Nest-building observed in mid-Apr in Colombia; in Ecuador, nest with young in mid-Dec and adults carrying nesting material in Feb. Nest a... read more



    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Fairly common in suitable habitat in Colombia; uncommon to locally fairly common in Ecuador.

    Recommended citation

    Brewer, D. (2020). Black-winged Saltator (Saltator atripennis). 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 27 February 2020).