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Nengetus cinereus

Xolmis cinerea
Xolmis cinereus


22·5–23 cm
Ashy-grey above with white above the lores. The wings are mostly black with a white speculum when at rest which is seen as a very conspicuous white "V" in flight. The tail is black with a broad white tip. The throat is white with a broad dark grey malar stripe while the breast is ashy-grey and the belly is white.


In South America they are found in the ranges noted under the subspecies below.


Photo by arthurgrosset
Chapada Diamantina, Bahia, Brazil, July 2002

This is a polytypic species[1] consisting of 2 subspecies.


  • N. c. cinereus:
  • N. c. pepoaza:


Grasslands with scattered trees and cerrado; city parks.



Their diet consists of insects. They sit on an open perch and drop to the ground to catch their prey.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, B.L. Sullivan, C. L. Wood, and D. Roberson. 2013. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: Version 6.8., with updates to August 2013. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Avibase
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved May 2014)

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