Family Tanagers (Thraupidae)

Least Concern

Green-winged Saltator (Saltator similis)


French: Saltator olive German: Grünschwingensaltator Spanish: Pepitero verdoso

Saltator similis

d’Orbigny and Lafresnaye

, 1837,

Corrientes, Argentina


One molecular study found little genetic divergence between this species and S. albicollis#R (which see), but this finding was not repeated in a second study#R. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • S. s. similis d’Orbigny & Lafresnaye, 1837 – E Bolivia, C & E Brazil (N Mato Grosso and Bahia S to Mato Grosso do Sul and C & NE São Paulo), Paraguay (except W), NE Argentina (E Formosa and Misiones S to Santa Fe, Entre Ríos and NE Buenos Aires) and N Uruguay.
  • S. s. ochraceiventris Berlepsch, 1912 – SE Brazil (Paraná and SE São Paulo S to Rio Grande do Sul).
  • Descriptive notes

    20·5–21 cm; 36–54 g (Brazil). Nominate race has crown dull greyish with greenish tinge, whitish supercilium, grey lores and ear-coverts; upperparts greenish-grey, rump grey,... read more


    Song a short series of loud whistled notes, “chew-chew-cho-chewee”. Also gives series of hurried... read more


    Woodland, including gallery forest and forest borders, and clearings. Lowlands to c. 1200 m.

    Food and feeding

    In study of faecal samples in Mato Grosso do Sul (S Brazil), insects the predominant item, supplemented by fruit and berries. Will take... read more


    In Brazil, eggs being incubated in early Nov and recently fledged young seen early Dec to early Jan in Rio Grande do Sul, and adult... read more


    Apparently sedentary.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Fairly common in much of its range. Apparent expansion of range S in NE Argentina: first records in NE Buenos Aires during late 1980s, and species... read more

    Recommended citation

    Brewer, D. (2020). Green-winged Saltator (Saltator similis). 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).