Family New World Blackbirds (Icteridae)

Least Concern

Pale-eyed Blackbird (Agelasticus xanthophthalmus)


Taxonomy

French: Carouge à oeil clair German: Gelbaugenstärling Spanish: Varillero ojipálido
Taxonomy:

Agelaius xanthophthalmus

Short

, 1969,

Tingo Maria, Huánuco, Peru

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Closely related to A. cyanopus. Monotypic.

Distribution:

Very local in lowlands of Amazonian Ecuador (Orellana) and Peru (San Martín, Huánuco, Junín and Madre de Dios).

Descriptive notes

Male average 20·5 cm, 43 g; female 18·2 cm. A slender-billed all-dark icterid with pale eyes. Male is entirely black with slight bluish-green gloss, also ultraviolet... read more

Voice

Song, by both sexes, variable series of repeated notes, e.g. “chee-cheee-chee...” or “tew-tew-tew... read more

Habitat

Wetlands, particularly edges of oxbow lakes, with abundant emergent and floating vegetation; seems... read more

Food and feeding

Main food insects; presumably other arthropods, and seeds, also taken. Obtains prey by gaping in the sheathing bases of grass leaves and in... read more

Breeding

Season Nov in Peru. Scant data indicate monogamy and solitary breeding. One nest described, built from plant materials like strips of the... read more

Movements

Resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Scarce to rare, and very local. Known from very few localities. Because of its restricted range and relatively small populations, it might require... read more

Recommended citation

Fraga, R. (2019). Pale-eyed Blackbird (Agelasticus xanthophthalmus). 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/62312 on 21 April 2019).