Family Tanagers (Thraupidae)

Least Concern

Streaked Saltator (Saltator striatipectus)


French: Saltator strié German: Strichelsaltator Spanish: Pepitero listado

Saltator striatipictus

[sic] Lafresnaye

, 1847,

Cali, Valle del Cauca, Colombia


Formerly treated as conspecific with S. albicollis (which see). Situation in W Ecuador and Peru important to investigate, with three subspecies, flavidicollis, peruvianus and immaculatus, rather divergent from each other and from the other forms. Also in SW Ecuador, adults on Puná I, which lies within range of flavidicollis, are streaked below (unlike flavidicollis) and greyish above (like nominate), so may merit taxonomic differentiation. Ten subspecies currently recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • S. s. furax Bangs & T. E. Penard, 1919 – SW Costa Rica and W Panama (W Chiriquí).
  • S. s. isthmicus P. L. Sclater, 1861 – mainland Panama (except extreme W & E).
  • S. s. scotinus Wetmore, 1957 – Coiba I and Coibita I, off S Veraguas (SW Panama).
  • S. s. melicus Wetmore, 1952 – Taboga I, off S Panamá Province (C Panama).
  • S. s. speratus Bangs & T. E. Penard, 1919 – Pearl Is (San Miguel, Saboga and Viveros), off S Panama.
  • S. s. striatipectus Lafresnaye, 1847 – E Panama (Darién), and W Colombia S, W of Andes, to N Ecuador.
  • S. s. perstriatus Parkes, 1959 – NE Colombia (Magdalena, NE Bolívar and Norte de Santander) E through mountains of N Venezuela to Sucre and Monagas; Trinidad.
  • S. s. flavidicollis P. L. Sclater, 1860 – lowland W Ecuador and NW Peru.
  • S. s. immaculatus Berlepsch & Stolzmann, 1892 – arid coast of W Peru (Lambayeque S to Ica).
  • S. s. peruvianus Cory, 1916 – Marañón drainage of SE Ecuador (Zamora-Chinchipe) and NE Peru (upper Marañón Valley in Cajamarca and La Libertad).
  • Descriptive notes

    19–20·5 cm; 30–44 g (Trinidad), one bird from Colombia 41·5 g, one from Peru 36·5 g. Nominate race has crown greyish-green, becoming more green on back and upperwing-coverts... read more


    Song, mostly from cover 2–3 m up, sometimes (especially at dusk) in flight, a series of 4–5... read more


    Second growth, regenerating farmland, timbered gardens, forest edge; not in interior forest. In... read more

    Food and feeding

    Diet mixed animal and vegetable: prey items include ants (Formicidae), beetles (Coleoptera); vegetable items seeds, flowers, buds, various... read more


    Most nests in Apr or May, more rarely Mar and Jun, in Costa Rica, and two nests in Panama in Apr and May; mostly May in Trinidad; breeding... read more


    Apparently sedentary.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Over much of its range quite common. May benefit from forest clearance and subsequent recolonization by scrubland.

    Recommended citation

    Brewer, D. (2020). Streaked Saltator (Saltator striatipectus). 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 23 January 2020).