|Male (above) and female (below)|
It is found in Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Suriname, and Venezuela. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests and heavily degraded former forest.
The South American Classification Committee of the American Ornithological Society places this species in genus Cyanoloxia. In addition, in 2018 the committee split the eastern lowland population into a new species, Amazonian grosbeak (Cyanoloxia rothschildii), leaving the reduced blue-black grosbeak inhabiting only Central America, Colombia, Ecuador, and Venezuela.
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