Barred Becard (Pachyramphus versicolor)

Order: Passeriformes | Family: Tityridae | IUCN Status: Least Concern

Age: Adult | Sex: Male | Loc. Escalera, San Martin

Age: Adult | Sex: Male | Loc. Eastern Andes, Colombia

Age: Adult | Sex: Female | Loc. Eastern Andes, Ecuador

Age: Adult | Sex: Female | Loc. Satipo Road, Peru

Identification & Behavior: ~13 cm (5.1 in). The male Barred Becard has black and white upperparts, a solid black cap and pale lores. The sides of the head are yellow. The throat and rest of the underparts are whitish barred with dusky. The female has a gray cap,  greenish mantle, and rufous wings. The underparts are yellowish with barred with dusky. It forages in pairs in the canopy of humid montane forest often in the company of mixed species flocks. The similar Green-backed Becards lacks the dusky barring on the underparts, black on the back (male), is larger, and ranges at lower elevations.

Status: The Barred Becard is fairly common in montane forests of the east slope of the Andes at elevations ranging between 1300-3000 m. It also occurs in Co, Ec, and Bo.

Name in Spanish: Cabezón Barrado.

Sub-species: Barred Becard (Pachyramphus versicolor meridionalis), Carriker, 1934.

Meaning of Name: Pachyramphus: Gr. pakhus= stout, thick and rhamphos= bill. versicolor: L. versicolor, versicoloris= of various colors.

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Distribution Map


    • Species range based on: Schulenberg, T. S., D. F. Stotz, and L. Rico. 2006. Distribution maps of the birds of Peru, version 1.0. Environment, Culture & Conservation (ECCo). The Field Museum. on 03/01/2016.