Masked Saltator (Saltator cinctus)

Order: Passeriformes Family: Thraupidae | IUCN Status: Near Threatened

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Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Eastern Andes, Ecuador

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Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Rio Blanco, Colombia

masked_saltator
Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Eastern Andes, Ecuador

masked_saltator
Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Eastern Andes, Ecuador


Identification & Behavior: ~21 cm (8 in). The Masked Saltator is mostly blue-gray with a black mask. The throat and center of the underparts are white with a black band across the breast. The bill and iris are coral red. The tail is gray with bold white tips. It forages in humid montane forests where it is often associated with bamboo thickets. It is similar to the Black-cowled Saltator but is distinguished by having white throat and rest of the underparts, and by ranging at higher elevations. Also, see Golden-billed Saltator.

Status: The Masked Saltator is rare and poorly known in humid montane forests on the east and west slopes of the northern Andes at elevations ranging between 1700-3000 m. It also occurs in Co and Ec.

Name in Spanish: Saltador Enmascarado.

Sub-species: Masked Saltator (Saltator cinctus), J. T. Zimmer, 1943.

Meaning of Name: Saltator: L. saltator, saltatoris dancer, saltare= to dance. cinctus: L. cinctus girdled, wreathed, banded.

See more of the Family Thraupidae   peru aves

Distribution Map
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References:

    • Species range based on: Schulenberg, T. S., D. F. Stotz, and L. Rico. 2006. Distribution maps of the birds of Peru, version 1.0. Environment, Culture & Conservation (ECCo). The Field Museum.  http://fm2.fieldmuseum.org/uw_test/birdsofperu on 03/01/2016.