Family Tyrant-flycatchers (Tyrannidae)

Least Concern

White-rumped Monjita (Xolmis velatus)


French: Pépoaza voilé German: Weißbinden-Nonnentyrann Spanish: Monjita velada

M[uscicapa]. velata

M. H. C. Lichtenstein

, 1823,

São Paulo, Brazil




NC to SE Brazil (lower Amazon E to Maranhão, S to Paraná, rarely to Santa Catarina, extending W to S Mato Grosso and Mato Grosso do Sul), N & C Bolivia (Beni E to Santa Cruz) and NE Paraguay.

Descriptive notes

19–20 cm. Head is mostly white, hindneck pearly grey; back brownish-grey, contrasting white rump and basal half of tail, terminal half of tail black; wings blackish,... read more


Mostly silent; dawn song an intense “jeww”, repeated at intervals of 1–5 seconds; single... read more


Savannas and semi-open areas with scattered bushes and trees, usually near water; often around... read more

Food and feeding

Little known. Insects. Usually in pairs, perching conspicuously on fence posts, wires and tops of bushes; generally tame and approachable.... read more


No information.



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Fairly common. Occurs in many national parks and other protected areas throughout its reasonably large range; tolerant of converted habitat.

Recommended citation

Farnsworth, A. & Langham, G. (2019). White-rumped Monjita (Xolmis velatus). 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 17 June 2019).