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Black-crowned Monjita - BirdForum Opus

Photo © by Stanley Jones
Amaicha del Valle, Tucumán Province, Argentina, October 2019
Neoxolmis coronatus

Xolmis coronata
Xolmis coronatus


21–22 cm (8¼-8¾ in)


In South America, it's found in southern Argentina; winters to southern Bolivia, Paraguay and extreme southern Brazil


This is a monotypic species[1].


Open areas with scattered small trees. Generally seen at heights up to 1500m.



Their diet consists almost entirely of insects. They use an exposed perch such as a branch or wire and drop to the ground, sometimes running after their prey. They will occasionally catch insects in flight by sallying out from their perch.


The nest is an open cup formed from twigs and grass. It is lined with soft material like feathers, wool and hair.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, J. A. Gerbracht, D. Lepage, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2021. The eBird/Clements checklist of Birds of the World: v2021. Downloaded from https://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Lepage D. (2022) [1]. Retrieved 11 July 2022
  3. Farnsworth, A. & Langham, G. (2020). Black-crowned Monjita (Xolmis coronatus). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from https://www.hbw.com/node/57426 on 7 March 2020).

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