Cardinals (Cardinalidae)

Black-winged Saltator (Saltator atripennis) - HBW 16, p. 415

French: Saltator à ailes noires German: Schwarzschwingensaltator Spanish: Pepitero Alinegro

Taxonomy: Saltator atripennis P. L. Sclater, 1857, Popayán, Colombia.
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). Races of present species weakly differentiated and differences possibly not constant; species perhaps better treated as monotypic. Two subspecies tentatively recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • atripennis P. L. Sclater, 1857 - Colombia (both sides of W Andes and W slope of C Andes from Antioquia S to Nariño) and extreme NW Ecuador (W Esmeraldas).
  • caniceps Chapman, 1914 - disjunctly on W slope of E Andes of Colombia (Boyacá, Cundinamarca) and W Ecuador.