Black-and-white Monjita
Xolmis dominicanus

(aka Heteroxolmis dominicana )
Black-and-white Monjita, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, August 2004 - click for larger image Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
August 2004

The Black-and-white Monjita is distributed in southern Brazil, north-eastern Argentina and Uruguay. See the distribution map at Birdlife International. It is classed as Vulnerable because of the threat to its specialised type of habitat which has caused a serious drop in numbers in recent years.

It inhabits open marshlands and grasslands near water.

The male is white with contrasting black wings and tail while the female is similar but with brownish grey on the crown and back.

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