Saltator atripennis (Black-winged Saltator / Saltador de alas negras)
La Ceja, Colombia; Central Andes; 2.300 meters above sea level.
For some days we have a couple of Black-winged Saltator visitors. They seem to be on honeymoon. We have seen scenes of courtship, invitation to copulate and protective attitude of the male towards the female. They probably have their nest quite close to our garden. We hope to see the fruits of this love!
The Black-winged Saltator is a fairly common resident of humid montane forest on the Andes from Colombia to southern Ecuador.
It is more difficult to see than some other species of saltator, perhaps due to its preference for the canopy and its avoidance of clearings.