Family New World Blackbirds (Icteridae)

Least Concern

Pale Baywing (Agelaioides fringillarius)


French: Carouge de Spix German: Braunstärling Spanish: Tordo de Spix

Icterus fringillarius


, 1824,

Minas Gerais, Brazil


Sometimes treated as conspecific with A. badius, which see. Monotypic.


Interior of NE Brazil from Piauí, Ceará and Rio Grande do Norte S to N Minas Gerais.

Descriptive notes

Male 17·5 cm, 40·1 g. Plumage is pale sandy brown overall, paler on rump, with blackish lores and narrow mask around eye, greyish-brown ear-coverts; upperwing... read more


Song (possibly by both sexes) a slow, hesitant sequence of descending whistles mixed with calls,... read more


Edges and clearings in caatinga (dry forest), second growth of the same, and modified... read more

Food and feeding

Seeds and arthropods; once, a group attempted to catch small lizards. Seeds often of cultivated plants, such as maize (Zea mays)... read more


Season Jan–Apr in N of range (Rio Grande do Norte) and Nov–Jan in S (Minas Gerais). Co-operative breeder, with up to six helpers present at... read more


Apparently sedentary.

Status and conservation

Not assessed. Uncommon to locally fairly common; has reasonably extensive distribution. Adapts to human-modified environments.

Recommended citation

Fraga, R. (2020). Pale Baywing (Agelaioides fringillarius). 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 on 28 January 2020).