Cardinals (Cardinalidae)

Black-headed Saltator (Saltator atriceps) - HBW 16, p. 415

French: Saltator à tête noire German: Schwarzkappensaltator Spanish: Pepitero Cabecinegro

Taxonomy: Tanagra (Saltator) atriceps Lesson, 1832, Veracruz, Mexico.
Affiliations of genus uncertain; recent molecular-genetic analyses indicate that it does not belong with present family, and may be better placed with tanagers (Thraupidae). Six subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • atriceps (Lesson, 1832) - Caribbean slope of Mexico from S Tamaulipas S (except SE Veracruz and N & C Yucatán Peninsula) to E Costa Rica.
  • suffuscus Wetmore, 1942 - Sierra de Tuxtla, in SE Veracruz (E Mexico).
  • raptor (S. Cabot, 1845) - SE Mexico (Campeche, Yucatán and Quintana Roo).

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  • atriceps (Lesson, 1832) - Caribbean slope of Mexico from S Tamaulipas S (except SE Veracruz and N & C Yucatán Peninsula) to E Costa Rica.
  • suffuscus Wetmore, 1942 - Sierra de Tuxtla, in SE Veracruz (E Mexico).
  • raptor (S. Cabot, 1845) - SE Mexico (Campeche, Yucatán and Quintana Roo).
  • flavicrissus Griscom, 1937 - Guerrero E to C Oaxaca, in SW Mexico.
  • peeti Brodkorb, 1940 - Pacific slope of E Oaxaca and Chiapas, in S Mexico.
  • lacertosus Bangs, 1900 - E Costa Rica (Talamanca) and Panama (E to Canal Zone; one record in Darién).