Family Tanagers (Thraupidae)

Least Concern

Northern Grey Saltator (Saltator grandis)


French: Saltator du Mexique German: Grausaltator Spanish: Pepitero grisáceo norteño

Tanagra grandis

W. Deppe

, 1830,

Mexico = Jalapa, Veracruz


Until recently considered conspecific with S. coerulescens and S. olivascens, but mentioned as potentially a separate species in HBW, and this now confirmed by genetic#R and vocal analysis. Has two song types, a whistled song with last note a slurred rising whistle (3), and a stuttering song (at least 2)#R; more rufous-buff belly (except in some cases brevicaudus, which may instead have a belly seemingly slatier than that of any other taxon in the complex) (1); and generally a longer white eyebrow (1). Race yucatanensis intergrades with grandis in Belize. Proposed race richardsoni (described from Colima, in W Mexico) is a junior synonym of plumbiceps. Six subspecies currently recognized.

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Subspecies and Distribution
  • S. g. vigorsii G. R. Gray, 1844 – W Mexico (S Sonora, Sinaloa, W Durango, Nayarit and N coastal Jalisco).
  • S. g. grandis (W. Deppe, 1830) – E Mexico (from S Tamaulipas and E San Luis Potosí) S on Caribbean slope (except Yucatán) to N Guatemala, Belize, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and W Panama.
  • S. g. plumbiceps S. F. Baird, 1867 – W Mexico from C coastal Jalisco S to W Oaxaca.
  • S. g. yucatanensis Berlepsch, 1912 – Yucatán Peninsula (except extreme S Quintana Roo) and S Mexico (E Tabasco and NE Chiapas).
  • S. g. hesperis Griscom, 1930 – Pacific slope from S Mexico (E Oaxaca and Chiapas) and C & S Guatemala S to W Nicaragua.
  • S. g. brevicaudus van Rossem, 1931 – vicinity of Gulf of Nicoya, in Costa Rica.
  • Descriptive notes

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    Recommended citation

    del Hoyo, J. & Collar, N. (2018). Northern Grey Saltator (Saltator grandis). 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 22 September 2018).