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Pale Baywing - BirdForum Opus

Photo © by Fritz73
Lencois, Brazil, 2 September 2017
Agelaioides fringillarius


17·5 cm (7 in)
Sandy-brown overall with rufous wings, heavy black conical bill, black legs and eyes, dusky area around eye and dark lores.


South America: Campos of northeastern Brazil (Piauí to Pernambuco, Bahia, Minas Gerais)


This is a monotypic species.
Formerly considered conspecific with Grayish Baywing.


Semi-open habitats, including scrub and light woodland.



It sometimes builds its own nest or uses those of other birds. It is a victim of brood parasitism by other cowbirds mainly the Screaming Cowbird Molothrus rufoaxillaris.


Their main diet consists of seeds (particularly maize) and arthropods. A group was once observed trying to catch a lizard.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2019. The eBird/Clements Checklist of Birds of the World: v2019. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Fraga, R. (2020). Pale Baywing (Agelaioides fringillarius), version 1.0. In Birds of the World (J. del Hoyo, A. Elliott, J. Sargatal, D. A. Christie, and E. de Juana, Editors). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/bow.bawcow3.01
  3. Wikipedia
  4. Birdforum thread discussing taxonomy of this species

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