Slate Colored Grosbeak (Saltator grossus)

Slate-Colored Grosbeak

[order] Passeriformes | [family] Emberizidae | [latin] Saltator grossus | [UK] Slate-Colored Grosbeak | [FR] Saltator ardoise | [DE] Rotschnabelsaltator | [ES] Piquigordo de Garganta Blanca | [IT] Beccogrosso ardesia | [NL] Witkeelkardinaal


Genus Species subspecies Breeding Range Breeding Range 2 Non Breeding Range
Saltator grossus LA Nicaragua to Ecuador, Amazonia
Saltator grossus grossus
Saltator grossus saturatus

Physical charateristics

Distinctive red bill with a almost entire slaty-black-bluish plumage in the male. The throat is a distinctive white patch. The female is lighter colored an the underparts are olive-gray, the throat patch is white but small.

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size min.: 16 cm size max.: 17 cm
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It is found in Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Suriname, and Venezuela.


Its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests. Prefers the middle and upper strata of humid rainforest.


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Feeding habits

It lives alone or in pairs, often following mixed-species flocks. Although often heard, it is difficult to spot. Forages for fruit, berriesand also insects


This species has a large range, with an estimated global extent of occurrence of 6,300,000 km². The global population size has not been quantified, but it is believed to be large as the species is described as ‘frequent’ in at least parts of its range (Stotz et al. 1996). Global population trends have not been quantified, but the species is not believed to approach the thresholds for the population decline criterion of the IUCN Red List (i.e., declining more than 30% in ten years or three generations). For these reasons, the species is evaluated as Least Concern.
Slate-Colored Grosbeak status Least Concern


Sedentary throughout range

Distribution map

Slate-Colored Grosbeak range map


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