Family Tityras and allies (Tityridae)

Least Concern

Barred Becard (Pachyramphus versicolor)


French: Bécarde barrée German: Wellenbekarde Spanish: Anambé barrado

Vireo versicolor


, 1843,

“Bogotá”, Colombia


Molecular analysis#R suggests closest relatives as P. xanthogenys, P. viridis (with griseigularis) and P. spodiurus. Variation among races negligible; meridionalis may be better merged with nominate. Three subspecies currently recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • P. v. costaricensis Bangs, 1908 – Costa Rica and W Panama (Chiriquí).
  • P. v. versicolor (Hartlaub, 1843) – Sierra de Perijá, and Andes from SW Venezuela (S from SE Lara) and Colombia (S of Valle in W Andes, S from Norte de Santander in C range, and from SE Santander and NE Boyacá S on both slopes of E cordillera) S to C & SE Ecuador (S on W slope to Chimborazo and on E slope to Zamora-Chinchipe).
  • P. v. meridionalis Carriker, 1934 – SE Ecuador (Zamora-Chinchipe), Peru (N Amazonas S to N Puno, including extension on Pacific slope in SW Cajamarca) and NW Bolivia (La Paz, Cochabamba, W Santa Cruz).
  • Descriptive notes

    11·5–13 cm; 14–17 g. Male nominate race has crown, nape and back mostly glossy black, sometimes more olivaceous, rump and uppertail-coverts slate-grey; lores... read more


    Typical call a soft, high-pitched “weet weet weet”, given incessantly, a soft “tu-duu” whistle, or... read more


    Canopy or borders of humid and wet montane forest, and edges of lighter mature secondary woodland... read more

    Food and feeding

    Arthropods, also small fruits such as Trema and Urera. Singly, in pairs, or in small family groups following breeding... read more


    Apr–Jun in Costa Rica; birds collected in breeding condition in Jun (Antioquia) and nestlings in May and Oct (W Andes above Cali) in... read more



    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Uncommon to locally fairly common. Occurs in Rancho Naturalista and Tapantí National Park, in Costa Rica, Sierra Nevada National Park, in Venezuela,... read more

    Recommended citation

    Mobley, J. (2020). Barred Becard (Pachyramphus versicolor). 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 23 January 2020).