White Monjita (Xolmis irupero)
White Monjita, Barra do Quaraí, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, August 2004 - click for larger image Barra do Quaraí, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
August 2004

The White Monjita is distributed in south Brazil, south-east Bolivia, Paraguay, Uruguay and northern Argentina with a disjunct population in north-east Brazil. It is found in open and semi-open habitats with scattered trees or bushes and is often near water.

It is mostly pure white but with black primaries and a black tip to its tail. It is usually perched quite conspicuously as it looks for insect prey before dropping to the ground to catch it.

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