The black-headed saltator (Saltator atriceps) is a seedeating bird. Traditionally placed in the cardinal family (Cardinalidae), it actually seems to be closer to the tanagers (Thraupidae). It breeds from central Mexico to eastern Panama.

The genus Saltator is apparently polyphyletic. Whether the present species will remain in Saltator or eventually be moved to another genus remains to be seen. Somewhat similar in coloration to the buff-throated saltator, the genus' type species (which would retain the genus name), it resembles the probably well distant black-throated saltator or even the golden-billed saltator in other aspects.

This bird is on average 24 cm (9.4 in) long and weighs 85 g (3.0 oz). The adult has a slate-grey head with a whitish supercilium. The upperparts are yellowish green, the underparts are pale grey, and the throat is white edged with black. The thick convex bill is black and the legs are brown. Young birds are duller, and have mottling on the breast and brown markings on the underparts. This species is similar to the buff-throated saltator, but is larger and has a darker head and paler underparts.

The common call is a raucous deeeer. The song is a loud scratchy cher cher jur jur weeee, often given by males as a duet.

The black-headed saltator is a species of dense vegetation. The black-headed saltator feeds on fruit, buds, nectar and slow-moving insects. It forages at low and mid levels, sometimes with mixed species flocks.

The two black-marked pale blue eggs per clutch measure some 24–34 mm (0.94–1.34 in) long by about 18–23.5 mm (0.71–0.93 in) wide and weigh about 4.9–5.5 g (0.17–0.19 oz) each. They are laid in a bulky grass-lined cup nest up to 3 m (9.8 ft) high in a thicket between April and July.
Black-headed Saltator
Date Location Count
2021-07-24 06:38Parque Colegio St. John's2
2021-07-15 06:28Reserva Toh5
2021-07-20 06:40Reserva Toh
2021-07-19 06:30Cenote Kikil
2021-07-04 16:15X-can (pueblo)1
2021-07-07 09:54Zona Arqueológica Cobá1
2021-07-07 06:45Cobá (Pueblo)3
2021-07-02 18:40Sendero de Xocen2
2021-06-29 09:00Zona Arqueológica Chichén Itzá4
2021-07-02 08:02Reserva Natural Amazili1
2021-07-19 09:12Zona Arqueológica Muyil (Chunyaxché)1
2021-07-13 07:13Señor (pueblo)1
2021-07-04 12:20Sendero Noreste de Justicia Social2
2021-07-04 07:21Entrada Camino a Tobxila2
2021-07-18 07:13Costa Maya Puerto de Cruceros4
2021-07-16 10:29Zona Arqueológica Edzná1
2021-07-19 08:28Patchakan4
2021-07-18 07:52Louisville Lagoon area1
2021-07-18 17:49Lamanai Outpost Lodge & Indian Church1
2021-06-26 07:02Hill Bank Road--Irish Creek crossing6
2021-06-26 06:10Sylvester Village3
2021-07-04 05:43Monkey Bay Wildlife Sanctuary1
2021-07-16 05:00Chan Chich Lodge1
2021-07-24 06:51River Wildlife Sanctuary1
2021-07-24 05:19Aguacate Lagoon1
2021-07-06 06:00Sleeping Giant Rainforest Lodge2
2021-06-28 06:42Spanish Lookout--Countryside Park1
2021-07-08 08:14Mayflower Bocawina NP1
2021-07-15 08:00Pook's Hill Lodge1
2021-07-03 05:59Rio Maya Farm1
2021-07-02 10:16Actun Tunichiil Muknal Cave & trail1
2021-07-17 14:11Sittee River Village1
2021-07-16 07:09Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary--access road3
2021-07-13 06:09Mountain Pine Ridge--Blancaneaux Lodge1
2021-07-06 07:09Mystic River Resort1
2021-07-22 16:00Cockscomb Basin W.S.--Visitor Centre4
2021-07-23 15:55Black Rock Road2
2021-07-16 13:41Black Rock Lodge1
2021-07-08 06:54Mountain Pine Ridge--Douglas Da Silva area1
2021-07-08 08:47Carmelita2
2021-06-28 06:12PN Yaxhá-Nakúm-Naranjo--sitio arqueológico Yaxhá (garita)2
2021-07-01 07:32Chiquibul Forest Reserve--Las Cuevas Research Station2
2021-07-14 06:20BFREE2
2021-06-30 05:58Biotopo Protegido Cerro Cahuí1
2021-07-04 22:40Playa San Jorge y alrededores4
2021-07-02 05:54PN Laguna del Tigre--Estación Biológica Las Guacamayas1
2021-07-02 08:36PN Laguna del Tigre--Rio San Pedro (río abajo del Sacluc)2
2021-07-02 15:35Tayasal4
2021-06-27 06:24Nim Li Punit Maya site1
2021-06-27 05:33Santa Ana--sendero de la sabana2
2021-06-28 13:35The Lodge at Big Falls1
2021-07-16 05:30San Pedro Columbia Road2
2021-07-18 07:00TIDE Private Protected Lands-- Ranger Station2
2021-06-26 06:00Wilson Landing4
2021-07-15 10:38Finca San Francisco2
2021-06-27 08:26Southern Hwy--Sun Creek Lodge1
2021-07-03 11:31Southern Hwy--Yemeri Grove1
2021-07-18 09:36Cattle Landing--waterfront2
2021-07-17 05:43Jacintoville1
2021-07-06 06:01The Farm Inn2
2021-07-15 17:00Chaab'il B'e Lodge and Casitas1
2021-07-21 07:00Indian Ville Extension, Reymundo Home2
2021-07-10 08:12RVS La Muralla--Calle El Díctamo a Centro de Visitantes2
2021-07-13 09:50Amatique Bay Resort & Marina2
2021-06-27 07:39Aeropuerto Internacional Palenque1
2021-07-19 16:36PN Palenque1
2021-06-30 06:27Lacanjá Chansayab (pueblo)4
2021-07-04 07:00Finca La Trinidad (acceso Restringido)
2021-07-12 18:47Area de Protección de Flora y Fauna Nahá1
2021-07-04 16:51Finca Don Chema4
2021-07-08 17:39Reserva Natural Privada Luna del Puente1
2021-06-26 08:00Lago de Yojoa--Parque Los Naranjos1
2021-07-23 10:55PN Azul Meámbar--Sendero La Naturaleza (zona de amortiguamiento)2
2021-07-18 17:53Siguatepeque--Sector Cruz Grande3
2021-07-21 14:42Utopia EcoLodge1
2021-07-11 15:27Finca Las Palmas11
2021-07-11 07:54Pichucalco--Ribera El Cerro3
2021-07-10 17:26PN La Tigra--El Tunel, Valle de Angeles
2021-07-22 07:35Finca Las Nubes (acceso restringido)6
2021-06-29 09:48Finca Las Nubes--ingreso2
2021-07-23 16:31Zamorano Univ.--Campus Farms and River 740-815 masl2
2021-06-27 07:17Finca Integral El Manzanal1
2021-07-11 08:55Zamorano Univ.--Res. Biol. Uyuca1
2021-07-19 17:51RNP Chajbaoc3
2021-07-17 07:33Cobán--Parque San Marcos 3
2021-06-27 15:30Sitio Arqueológico Ruinas de Copán2
2021-06-26 05:36Calle al sur de El Tizatillo (transecto de 9 kms)10
2021-07-11 07:46Laguna Chiligatoro1
2021-07-17 05:53Aldea Las Anonas [Carretera de 6 Kms]2
2021-07-18 16:29SFF Setonq (acceso restringido)2
2021-07-23 16:54SFF Setonq--Los Vencejos (acceso restringido)1
2021-07-04 18:07Finca Chichen--camino de entrada a Finca Rubel Chaim (acceso restringido)1
2021-07-13 17:49Finca Rubel Chaim (acceso restringido)2
2021-07-20 12:37Finca Rubel Chaim--CCFC (acceso restringido) (solo listas sin desplazamiento)6
2021-07-09 07:58Reserva de la Biosfera El Cielo--Camino a Alta Cima1
2021-07-18 06:09Hotel Posada El Guardabarranco4
2021-07-02 07:09Balneario Arroyo Verde
2021-07-02 06:55Parque Ecologico Gucumatz (Los Ranchitos del Quetzal)1
2021-07-15 07:30PN Cañón del Sumidero4
2021-06-27 06:35Camino del Ejido Juárez (desvío km 21 +600 carretera Tuxtla-Chicoasén)14
2021-07-11 06:20PN Cañón del Sumidero--Mirador El Roblar6
2021-07-19 08:49Cerro Mactumatzá5
2021-07-18 06:45Camino a Ejido Armando Zebadua4
2021-07-07 09:01selva negra3
2021-07-18 09:13Río Atliyac--Paso De Ovejas3
2021-07-10 12:15PN Montecristo2
2021-07-09 17:11Río Atliyac--Poza Los Tepetates3
2021-07-23 05:35Agenda Verde HQ3
2021-07-17 18:14Plan de Guinea2
2021-07-18 06:43Reserva El Hato2
2021-07-22 08:00Chavarrillo (pueblo)4
2021-06-26 11:24Cerro de Tepeapulco1
2021-07-18 08:02Parque Ecológico Cerro de Macuiltépetl8
2021-07-06 06:40Parque Ecológico El Haya1
2021-07-07 11:28Parque Ecológico Cayalá6
2021-07-17 16:21Club Campestre La Montaña3
2021-07-21 05:40Parque Erick Barrondo1
2021-07-24 07:00Cascada de Texolo2
2021-06-29 07:32Parque Arqueológico Kaminaljuyu1
2021-07-23 06:36Laguna del Bosque1
2021-07-18 08:15Volcán Chaparrastique--Bosque Pino-Roble1
2021-07-18 19:11San Rafael Piña (pueblo)2
2021-06-30 06:27Laguna Enmascarada2
2021-07-10 13:24Parque Bicentenario--Sector Norte6
2021-07-24 16:49Parque del Bicentenario (ANP El Espino-Bosque Los Pericos)5
2021-07-18 08:30Ecoparque El Espino7
2021-07-23 14:07Jardí­n Botánico La Laguna2
2021-07-17 08:00Finca El Zur--Parque La Terraza4
2021-07-11 06:26RNP Los Tarrales--sendero Las Pavas2
2021-07-24 14:18RNP Los Tarrales3
2021-07-21 07:47RNP Los Tarrales--La Isla2
2021-07-24 13:33RNP Los Tarrales--La Casona2
2021-07-16 06:28RNP Los Tarrales--sendero La Rinconada2
2021-07-21 15:50RNP Los Tarrales--sendero a la playa y laguna2
2021-07-18 08:00Río Papaloapan--Tuxtepec1
2021-07-08 17:03Finca La Gracia2
2021-07-18 11:23BIORI Jardín Botánico de Orizaba2
2021-07-07 08:23Laguna de Apoyo--Estación Biológica2
2021-06-26 11:25Reserva Natural Chocoyero El Brujo1
2021-07-13 05:30Puerto San José--Hotel Soleil Pacífico2
2021-07-02 12:10Carretera 175/Oaxaca-Tuxtepec--Km 70-753
2021-07-14 14:43Medio Queso wetland2
2021-07-22 09:58Maquenque Eco-Lodge2
2021-06-28 08:34La Selva (OTS Reserve)--entrance road1
2021-07-13 08:15La Selva (OTS Reserve)2
2021-07-14 05:35SarapiquiS Rainforest Lodge1
2021-07-23 11:18Tilajari Hotel Resort1
2021-07-06 06:02Hotel Arenal Paraiso2
2021-06-28 09:13Pierella Ecological Garden3
2021-06-26 06:14Arenal--Volcano Lodge and Gardens1
2021-07-22 06:51Sendero Bogarín3
2021-07-15 06:14Arenal Oasis Eco Lodge4
2021-07-15 06:41Rainforest Chocolate Tour1
2021-07-15 15:58Arenal--Peninsula road (shortcut to dam)2
2021-07-01 14:16Catarata de La Fortuna1
2021-07-14 11:29PN Arenal--Península Trail1
2021-07-21 08:51Arenal Observatory Lodge1
2021-07-09 10:56Chachagua Rainforest Eco Lodge1
2021-07-03 05:30Suerre2
2021-06-30 17:13El Congal Rainforest2
2021-07-21 07:20Galeria de Colibrí y Soda Cinchona - Mirador San Fernando2
2021-07-22 08:47Brisas de la Jungla3
2021-06-30 06:22Bella Vista de Guápiles1
2021-07-12 10:30San Luis de Grecia1
2021-07-21 12:00Río Boquerón2
2021-07-14 15:00San Diego de San Antonio3
2021-06-26 05:27Turrialba--Aquiares4
2021-07-23 11:28Alto Barrantes, Santiago2
2021-07-18 15:02Rancho Naturalista1
2021-07-21 06:27Rancho Naturalista--Cerro El Silencio2
2021-07-23 08:06Café Pluma “Oro del Sur”3
2021-07-12 06:03Hotel Quelitales1
2021-07-14 09:05Los Lagos/ El Radio (Acceso Restringido)1
2021-07-23 06:54Finca Don Gabriel2
2021-07-20 05:56Ujarrás (Cartago)2
2021-07-22 11:18Parque Botánico Hagia Sofia6
2021-07-14 07:45PN Tapanti--Sector Tapanti2
2021-07-08 14:57Camino Mata Ahogados - Altos del María1
2021-07-08 07:20La Mesa1