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Subspecies maximus
Photo © by juninho
Manu National Park, Peru, October 2005
Saltator maximus


20·5–21 cm (8 in)

  • Olive green above
  • Grey below
  • Buff lower belly
  • Buff throat edged black
  • Grey head
  • White supercilium
  • Green crown
  • Black thick bill
  • Black legs
Subspecies intermedius
Photo © by Stanley Jones
Bosque del Río Tigre Lodge, Osa Peninsula, Puntarenas Province, Costa Rica, February 2015

Juvenile: duller

  • White-mottled blackish throat and breast
  • Brown marked below


Central and South America
Central America: Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama
South America: Colombia, Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname, French Guiana, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia and Brazil



There are 5 subspecies[1]:

  • S. m. gigantodes:
  • Caribbean slope of eastern Mexico (Veracruz to northern Oaxaca and Tabasco)
  • S. m. magnoides:
  • Southern Mexico (Chiapas and Quintana Roo) to north-western Panama
  • S. m. intermedius:
  • S. m. iungens:
  • S. m. maximus:


Dense vegetation in lowland humid forest and forest edges. Also visits bushy suburban gardens. Observed at heights of 1150m.



The feed at low and mid levels, sometimes with mixed species flocks. The diet includes fruit, berries, nectar, buds and insects.

Will eat bananas at bird tables.


It builds a bulky cup nest. The clutch consists of 2 pale blue eggs.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2014. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: Version 6.9., with updates to August 2014. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Avibase
  3. Wikipedia
  4. BF Member observations
  5. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved June 2015)

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