Family Cardinals (Cardinalidae)

Least Concern

Grey-throated Chat (Granatellus sallaei)


French: Granatelle à plastron German: Graukopf-Sängerkardinal Spanish: Reinita yucateca

Setophaga sallæi


, 1856,

Córdoba, Veracruz, Mexico


Proposed race griscomi (described from Cobán, in C Guatemala) synonymized with boucardi. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • G. s. sallaei (Bonaparte, 1856) – Atlantic slope of S Mexico (S Veracruz, Tabasco, E Oaxaca and N Chiapas).
  • G. s. boucardi Ridgway, 1885 – Yucatán Peninsula S to C Guatemala and Belize.
  • Descriptive notes

    13 cm; 8·8–11 g. Male nominate race has grey head to throat and upper breast and upperparts (including wing); white supercilium behind eye, bordered above by... read more


    Song a variable series of 4–5 whistled notes, similar to that of G. venustus but... read more


    Lowland dry and semi-humid forests, forest edge and adjacent dense scrub; avoids humid forest, but... read more

    Food and feeding

    Feeds on insects and other arthropods. Forages mainly by gleaning low in undergrowth and on forest floor. Frequently follows swarms of army... read more


    Pair remains on territory throughout year. Nest cup-shaped, placed low in understorey; clutch 2 eggs (one nest with eggs found). No other... read more



    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Fairly common. Perhaps more numerous in E of range; rather local in W. No population estimates.

    Recommended citation

    Curson, J. (2019). Grey-throated Chat (Granatellus sallaei). 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 16 June 2019).