Order:

Passeriformes

Family:

Thraupidae

The Black-wing Saltator is the hardest saltator to see due its liked spots despite the showy plumage. A very social bird even being found in pairs or small mixed groups

Description

Its length is approximately 20.5 cm (8.1 in). It has a black face with a bold white visible superciliary, a small white patch by the neck, and a white throat. Iris are orange or brown. Underparts are pale gray with black wings. The bright olive back contrasts with the black wings and tail. Sexes are much alike. The weight fluctuates from 44 to 60 g.

Distribution

This bird is found in Colombia and Ecuador. in both parts of the Western Mountain range, on the western slope of the Central Mountain range, on the eastern slope of this same mountain range in the Serranía de San Lucas and the western slope of the Eastern Mountain range in Cundinamarca.

Habitat

It’s found in subtropical or tropical moist montane forests. This saltator prefers to be inside canopy avoiding open areas so it is very difficult to observe

Feeding

Apparently eats fruits but there is no published information about its diet.

Breeding

Its nest is a deep cup made of roots, moss, leaves and fine fibers. Lays 2 to 3 blue or green eggs with black spots between May and July

Taxonomy

The taxonomic affinities of the genus Saltator are uncertain and recent molecular studies indicate that it could belong to the family Thraupidae

Conservation status

It is considered a kind of minor concern

Vocalization/ Song

https://www.xeno-canto.org/528031

References

https://www.icesi.edu.co

http: //avibase.bsc-eoc.org

https://birdscolombia.com