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Genus: Saltator

[edit] Description

Saltators and some grosbeaks.

[edit] Taxonomy

Saltator has traditionally been places as a genus in the family Cardinalidae, but recent evidence indicates that it can also be placed in Emberizidae or possibly most likely Thraupidae; as a consequence, the SACC recently moved Saltator to status as INCERTAE SEDIS. As the Opus follows Clements with the family order it's placed in the Thraupidae here.

Saltator as currently defined is probably not a natural unit. Especially, the closest relative of Black-throated Saltator (Saltator atricollis) seems to be Many-colored Chaco-Finch (Saltatricula multicolor), a species from a different genus. The discussion in SACC seems to indicate that the best solution will be to transfer Black-throated Saltator to genus Saltatricula.

Genus Saltator viewedit
S. atricollis Black-throated Saltator
S. maximus Buff-throated Saltator
S. atripennis Black-winged Saltator
S. atriceps Black-headed Saltator
S. orenocensis Orinocan Saltator
S. coerulescens Grayish Saltator
S. striatipectus Streaked Saltator
S. albicollis Lesser Antillean Saltator
S. similis Green-winged Saltator
S. nigriceps Black-cowled Saltator
S. maxillosus Thick-billed Saltator
S. aurantiirostris Golden-billed Saltator
S. cinctus Masked Saltator
S. grossus Slate-colored Grosbeak
S. fuliginosus Black-throated Grosbeak

[edit] References

  1. SACC discussion in relation to removing the genus Saltator from Cardinalidae
  2. SACC proposal for moving the genus Saltator into Thraupidae (not passed)
  3. SACC proposal discussing the taxonomy of species within the genus Saltator (not passed)


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