Black-headed Saltator Saltator atriceps

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Thraupidae
  • Polytypic: 6 subspecies
  • Authors: Anant Deshwal, Pooja Panwar, and Ragupathy Kannan

Black-headed Saltator is a fairly common resident from central Mexico south to Panama, and is characterized by its large black bill, very dark head with a trace of a pale supercilium, white throat outlined in black, pale gray underparts and nuchal collar, and olive green upperparts. It is generally sociables, usually found in family parties that sometimes join mixed-species foraging flocks. It often is shy or skulking, remaining inside dense vegetation, but it gives its presence away with frequent loud vocalizations. Black-headed Saltator inhabits a wide variety of well-vegetated semi-open habitats, principally in lowland regions, including gardens and plantations, and tit is omnivorous, feeding on both fruit and insects.


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  • Year-round
  • Migration
  • Breeding
  • Non-Breeding

Recommended Citation

Deshwal, A., P. Panwar, and R. Kannan (2019). Black-headed Saltator (Saltator atriceps), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.