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Black-and-white Monjita

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Xolmis dominicanus
Photo of a male by JamfaracoPhotographed at Lages/SC, Brazil.
Photo of a male by Jamfaraco
Photographed at Lages/SC, Brazil.



  • 20.5 cm.

Male -

  • White body
  • Black wings and tail
  • White wing-tips particularly noticeable in flight

Female - similar

  • Crown, back of neck and back are a brownish-grey


Photo of female by JamfaracoPhotographed at Lages/SC, Brazil.
Photo of female by Jamfaraco
Photographed at Lages/SC, Brazil.

Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay, and Argentina.


This is a monotypic species1.

In the past, this species was placed in the genus Heteroxolmis. The second part of the scientific name has also recently been changed, from dominicana to dominicanus.


Open areas, fields and humid fields, dry lowland grassland, seasonally wet or flooded lowland grassland, arable land, and pastureland.



Mostly silent. Occasionally delivers soft calls.


BirdLife International


  1. Clements, James F. 2007. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to October 2007. Ithaca: Cornell University Press. ISBN 9780801445019

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