Becards

Cinnamon Becard
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Tyrant Flycatchers

The Becard (BEK-erd) tyrant flycatchers use their thick bills to eat insects (and occasionally fruits and seeds). The common names describe the distinctive male coloration of each species.

Becards were formerly considered to be cotingas, but are now usually included in the large tyrant flycatcher family. They are also sometimes given their own family, the Tityridae.


Species and Their Distribution: They can be found throughout the tropical Americas.

Barred becard Pachyramphus versicolor
Costa Rica, Panama, Venezuela, Peru, Bolivia)
Black-and-white becard Pachyramphus albogriseus
Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Peru
Black-capped becard Pachyramphus marginatus
Venezuela, Guianas, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Brazil)
Chestnut-crowned becard Pachyramphus castaneus
Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Brazil
Cinerous becard Pachyramphus rufus
Panama, Colombia, Venezuela, Brazil, Peru, Ecuador
Cinnamon becard Pachyramphus cinnamomeus
Mexico, Central America, Colombia, Ecuador

Male Barred Becard

Crested or Plain becard Pachyramphus validus

Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru

Glossy-backed becard Pachyramphus surinamus

Suriname, Guyana, Brazil
Green-backed becard Pachyramphus viridis
Venezuela, Guyana, Brazil, Bolivia, Paraguay, Uruguay, Argentina
Grey-collared becard Pachyramphus major
Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, Honduras, Nicaragua
Jamaican becard Pachyramphus niger
Jamaica
One-colored becard Pachyramphus homochrous
Panama, Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru
Pink-throated becard Pachyramphus minor
Guiana, Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Brazil
Rose-throated becard Pachyramphus aglaiae
Arizona, Texas, Mexico, Central America
Slaty becard Pachyramphus spodiurus
Ecuador
White-winged becard Pachyramphus polychopterus
Guatemala, Belize, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Argentina, Uruguay, Colombia, Ecuador, Trinidad and Tobago
Yellow-cheeked becard Pachyramphus xanthogenys
Ecuador, Peru

Species Research by Sibylle Johnson

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