French: Saltator des grands-bois German: Buntkehlsaltator Spanish: Pepitero gorjicanelo
Cayenne, French Guiana
Subspecies and Distribution
S. m. gigantodes
Cabanis, 1851 – Caribbean slope of Mexico from Veracruz S to N Oaxaca and Tabasco.
S. m. magnoides
Lafresnaye, 1844 – S Mexico (Chiapas, S Campeche, S Quintana Roo), N Guatemala and Belize S on Caribbean slope to Nicaragua, Costa Rica and NW Panama.
S. m. intermedius
Lawrence, 1864 – SW Costa Rica E to Canal Zone of Panama.
S. m. iungens
Griscom, 1929 – E Panama and NW Colombia (E to lower R Cauca).
S. m. maximus
(Statius Müller, 1776) – Colombia and Venezuela E to the Guianas, S to W & E Ecuador, E Peru, Brazil (Amazonia S to Mato Grosso do Sul; also E coast from Pernambuco S to Rio de Janeiro) and NE Bolivia (Beni and Santa Cruz).
20·5–21 cm; male average 46·2 g, female average 49·1 g (Panama). Nominate race has crown greenish-grey, becoming more bright greenish on nape and... read more
Song varies throughout range: in Costa Rica, a loud series of melodious, soft lilting notes, e.g.... read more
Semi-humid and humid forest edge, second growth, sometimes well-bushed suburbs, shade coffee... read more
Food and feeding
Predominantly vegetarian: fruit, blossoms, catkins, berries, fresh leaves, etc.; comes to eat bananas at feeding stations. Some insects,... read more
Season Mar–Aug in Costa Rica, one nest in Apr in Panama, nest under construction in early Dec in French Guiana, and nests found in... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Generally common over much of its range. In NE Brazil, one record in Piauí. Tolerates modified habitats well.
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