French: Saltator ardoisé German: Rotschnabelsaltator Spanish: Pepitero pizarroso
Cayenne, French Guiana.
See S. fuliginosus (above). Two subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution
S. g. saturatus
(Todd, 1922) – E Honduras, Nicaragua, Caribbean slope of Costa Rica, Panama (Caribbean slope, and E from Veraguas on Pacific slope), NW Colombia (W of Andes) and W Ecuador (S to W Loja and El Oro).
S. g. grossus
(Linnaeus, 1766) – SE Colombia E of Andes (S from Vichada), S Venezuela (Amazonas, Bolívar), the Guianas, N Brazil (S to N Mato Grosso, SE Pará and Maranhão), E Ecuador (Sucumbíos S to Zamora-Chinchipe), E Peru and N Bolivia (Beni and NW Santa Cruz).
19–20·5 cm; 41–53 g (Venezuela and Suriname). Male nominate race is mostly uniformly slaty blue above and below; lores, area below eye, anterior ear-coverts and malar region... read more
Song an arresting series of 3–7 loud, rich whistles, e.g. “twee-tee-wee-teewee-chee-cher” , often... read more
Humid forest, forest borders, and mature secondary woodland; in South America both várzea... read more
Food and feeding
Recorded food items seeds and arthropods; insects including beetles (Coleoptera). Usually in pairs, sometimes with other species in mixed... read more
Recently fledged young in mid-May in Costa Rica; in Colombia, birds in breeding condition in Mar–Apr (Chocó), May (S Córdoba) and Sept (... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Fairly common in suitable undisturbed habitat.
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