Grayish Saltator (Saltator coerulescens)


June 17, 2012

Grayish Saltator

Nancy took this image while on a trip led by Brian Rapoza for the Tropical Audubon Society to Trinidad and Tobago.

This is a fairly common, but often retiring, seed-eating songbird found in tropical lowlands of both drier and more humid areas. It favors forest edges, second growth thickets, hedges, and tangles, especially those with morning glory flowers (on which it feeds). Its range runs from coastal Mexico, through all of Central America (except Panama), and as far south as Argentina.

Grayish Saltators are about 8" long. Both sexes look the same. Immature birds have a yellowish wash on the face and upperparts.

The word "saltator" (in both the scientific and common names) comes from a Latin word meaning dancer or to dance.

Photographic details: Canon EOS 7D camera w/ EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM lens and EF 1.4x II extender set at 560mm. Off-camera flash was used. Camera was on f/8 for 1/500 second at ISO 640. Exposure was decreased one stop in post-processing.

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