Family Tanagers (Thraupidae)

Near Threatened

Masked Saltator (Saltator cinctus)


French: Saltator masqué German: Maskensaltator Spanish: Pepitero enmascarado

Saltator cinctus

J. T. Zimmer

, 1943,

Cutucú, 2000 m, near Macas, Zamora, Ecuador


Colombian populations of present species seem to exhibit constant differences in plumage and bill colour from those in rest of range, and may represent a separate taxon; further study required. Currently treated as monotypic.


Several apparently disjunct populations: in Colombia on both slopes of C Andes in S Antioquía, Caldas, Risaralda, Quindío, Tolima and N Valle del Cauca; in Ecuador at scattered locations in W Napo, W Morona-Santiago, Zamora-Chinchipe and S Loja; and in Peru in E Piura, Cajamarca, San Martín and Huánuco.

Descriptive notes

21·5 cm; 43–53 g (Ecuador and Peru). Has crown and upperparts slate-grey, flight-feathers and upperwing-coverts black, broadly edged with clear dark grey, rectrices black,... read more


Song, in Ecuador, a rich, mellow whistled phrase, “tu-chew-chew-chew-wuri?”. Calls “tzip” or “... read more


Subtropical steep montane forest. In Colombia, mixed woodland of average height of 15 m with higher... read more

Food and feeding

Recorded items include various fruits, especially Podocarpus, also arillate seeds of Clusia and other trees and vines;... read more


Apparent breeding behaviour and juvenile being attended by an adult at end Apr in Colombia. Observations of agitated birds suggest that... read more


Resident; appears to be somewhat nomadic, possibly in response to variation in abundance of... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near-threatened. Generally rare and local; apparently nowhere common. Possibly declining as a result of habitat loss. Seems to... read more

Recommended citation

Brewer, D. (2020). Masked Saltator (Saltator cinctus). 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 26 January 2020).