Family Tityras and allies (Tityridae)

Least Concern

Black-capped Becard (Pachyramphus marginatus)


French: Bécarde à calotte noire German: Streifenrückenbekarde Spanish: Anambé capirotado

T[odus]. marginatus

M. H. C. Lichtenstein

, 1823,

Bahia, Brazil


In past, suggested to be closest to P. albogriseus and possibly conspecific, the two appearing to replace each other geographically; but molecular data#R place present species closer to P. polychopterus. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • P. m. nanus Bangs & T. E. Penard, 1921 – SE Colombia (E of Andes, S from S Meta and SE Guainía), S Venezuela (Amazonas, Bolívar), the Guianas, N & W Brazil (E to Maranhão, S to Rondônia and W Mato Grosso), E Ecuador, E Peru and N Bolivia.
  • P. m. marginatus (M. H. C. Lichtenstein, 1823) – E Brazil (Pernambuco S to E Paraná).
  • Descriptive notes

    13–14 cm; 18 g. Male has crown glossy black with blue sheen and scaly appearance, pale grey supraloral spot, narrow whitish eyering; face pale grey, extending back... read more


    Typical song a short melancholy series of clear musical notes in variable pattern, “teeu, whee-do-... read more


    Canopy and interior of humid lowland forest, primarily terra firme, and tall second-growth... read more

    Food and feeding

    Insects and fruit. Singly or in pairs; regularly joins mixed-species foraging flocks. Actively peers; flutters or sallies, mostly short... read more


    Few specific details. Birds in breeding condition in Apr–May in N Venezuela and upper R Orinoco; gonads enlarged in Sept, SE Peru.



    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Uncommon to fairly common; probably often overlooked. Much of this species’ habitat remains in relatively pristine condition within its large range,... read more

    Recommended citation

    Mobley, J. (2020). Black-capped Becard (Pachyramphus marginatus). 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 9 April 2020).