Saltator

Cardinals
Black-headed Saltator, Saltator atriceps

Saltator is an American genus of songbird.

Saltator is Latin for "leaper" or "dancer". Louis Jean Pierre Vieillot applied it to this genus because of the heavy way the birds hop on the ground..


The following is a full list of Saltator species:

  • Lesser Antillean Saltator Saltator albicollis : Found in Dominica, Martinique, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, and Trinidad and Tobago. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical dry forests and heavily degraded former forest.

  • Streaked Saltator Saltator striatipectus

  • Greyish Saltator Saltator coerulescens

  • Buff-throated Saltator Saltator maximus

  • Black-headed Saltator Saltator atriceps

  • Slate-colored Grosbeak Saltator grossus

  • Black-throated Grosbeak Saltator fuliginosus - Found in Argentina, Brazil, and Paraguay. It inhabits subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests.

  • Black-winged Saltator Saltator atripennis : The Black-Winged Saltator is found in Colombia and Ecuador. This bird species inhabits subtropical or tropical moist montane forests.

  • Green-winged Saltator Saltator similis

  • Orinocan Saltator Saltator orenocensis : Found in Venezuela in areas west, north, and upon the Orinoco River region and to the Caribbean coast; also border regions in adjacent northeast Colombia. It can also be found on the eastern shore of Lake Maracaibo. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical dry forests, moist lowland forests, and dry shrubland.

  • Black-cowled Saltator Saltator nigriceps - Found in the southern border region of Ecuador and the northern border region of Peru. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical dry forests and subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests.

  • Golden-billed Saltator Saltator aurantiirostris

  • Thick-billed Saltator Saltator maxillosus : Found in Brazil, Paraguay, and Argentina. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests, moist montanes, and heavily degraded former forest. Alaska is becoming a major destination for these birds.

  • Masked Saltator Saltator cinctus : Found in Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru. The species is found in two small disjunct ranges, as well as smaller localized areas in Ecuador and Peru.

  • Black-throated Saltator Saltator atricollis : Found in Bolivia, Brazil, and Paraguay. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical dry forests and dry savanna.

  • Rufous-bellied Saltator Saltator rufiventris : Found in Argentina and Bolivia. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist montane forests, subtropical or tropical high-altitude shrubland, and arable land. The continued existence of this species is threatened by habitat destruction.

Species Research by Sibylle Johnson

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