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.

Becard Photo Gallery

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


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


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

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