Greyish Saltator (Saltator coerulescens)

Greyish Saltator

[order] PASSERIFORMES | [family] Cardinalidae | [latin] Saltator coerulescens | [UK] Greyish Saltator | [FR] Saltator grisatre | [DE] Grausaltator | [ES] Saltador Ajicero | [NL] Grijze Saltator


Monotypic species


Physical charateristics

The Greyish Saltator is 20 cm long and weighs 52 g. The plumage depends on age and subspecies, but in general this bird has grey or greyish-olive upperparts, a white stripe over the eye, a narrow white throat, a grey breast and a buff or cinnamon belly.

Listen to the sound of Greyish Saltator

[audio: Saltator.mp3]

Copyright remark: Most sounds derived from xeno-canto

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Latin America : widespread


It is commonly found in several types of habitats, from dry forests, abandoned pastures, riverbanks and swamps to urban gardens.


It builds its nest with twigs and grass, laying two eggs at a time. They are laid in a bulky cup nest 2-4 m high in a tree.

Feeding habits

It lives in pairs or small noisy groups that are easy to observe foraging for fruit or insects. The Greyish Saltator feeds on fruit, buds and slow-moving insects. It forages at low and middle levels, sometimes in pairs or small groups and sometimes with mixed-species flocks that may include other saltators.


This species has an extremely large range, and hence does not approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the range size criterion (Extent of Occurrence <20,000 km2 combined with a declining or fluctuating range size, habitat extent/quality, or population size and a small number of locations or severe fragmentation). The population trend is not known, but the population is not believed to be decreasing sufficiently rapidly to approach the thresholds under the population trend criterion (>30% decline over ten years or three generations). The population size is extremely large, and hence does not approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the population size criterion (<10,000 mature individuals with a continuing decline estimated to be >10% in ten years or three generations, or with a specified population structure). For these reasons the species is evaluated as Least Concern.
This species occurs in Mexico, Central America and South America, from Colombia south to Peru and northern Argentina.
Greyish Saltator status Least Concern


Sedentary throughout range

Distribution map

Greyish Saltator distribution range map

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