Cardinals (Cardinalidae)

Black-throated Saltator (Saltator atricollis) - HBW 16, p. 419

French: Saltator à gorge noire German: Schwarzhalssaltator Spanish: Pepitero Gorjinegro

Taxonomy: Saltator atricollis Vieillot, 1817, Paraguay.
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). This species has been thought to be not closely related to other members of genus, but closer to monotypic emberizid genus Saltatricula; recent molecular-genetic studies, however, indicate that it does belong in present genus, and that Saltatricula perhaps better moved to present family. Monotypic.

Distribution: E & C Brazil (from N Ceará and Maranhão, also recently Pernambuco, S in interior to Mato Grosso, N São Paulo and S Minas Gerais), E Bolivia (NE Beni and E Santa Cruz) and NE Paraguay.