Family Tityras and allies (Tityridae)

Least Concern

Chestnut-crowned Becard (Pachyramphus castaneus)


French: Bécarde à calotte rousse German: Graunackenbekarde Spanish: Anambé castaño

Tityra castanea

Jardine and Selby

, 1827,

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


Close to P. cinnamomeus (which see). Five subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • P. c. intermedius Berlepsch, 1879 – N Venezuela (Falcón and Lara E to Sucre and N Monagas).
  • P. c. parui Phelps, Sr & Phelps, Jr, 1949 – base of Cerro Parú, in C Amazonas (S Venezuela).
  • P. c. saturatus Chapman, 1914 – SE Venezuela (SE Bolívar), E Colombia (R Dudita and Vaupés S to Meta), E Ecuador, NE & E Peru (Loreto to Madre de Dios), N Brazil (Amazonas, Acre and Rondônia E to Manacapuru and R Purus) and N Bolivia.
  • P. c. amazonus J. T. Zimmer, 1936 – N Brazil (both banks of Amazon from E Amazonas and Pará E to R Tocantins and Maranhão).
  • P. c. castaneus (Jardine & Selby, 1827) – NE, SE & S Brazil (N Bahia S to SE Goiás, Mato Grosso do Sul and N Rio Grande do Sul), SE Paraguay and NE Argentina (Misiones).
  • Descriptive notes

    14–14·8 cm; 17·3 g. Nominate race is largely cinnamon-rufous above, crown darker and more chestnut with somewhat scaly appearance (feathers having paler tips); lores... read more


    Typical song a series of soft, thin, casual, rather musical whistles, e.g. “teeeuw-teeu-teeu” or “... read more


    Borders of dry to humid lowland forest, including both terra firme and várzea,... read more

    Food and feeding

    Large insects, including caterpillars; occasionally berries. Singly, more often in pairs; generally does not join mixed-species foraging... read more


    Birds in breeding condition and juveniles recorded in May in Colombia (Vaupés); nests found in Mar and Jul in Ecuador, and Oct and Feb in... read more



    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Rare to locally common. Occurs in several seemingly disjunct populations; apparently rarer in Ecuador and Colombia than elsewhere, or perhaps often... read more

    Recommended citation

    Mobley, J. (2020). Chestnut-crowned Becard (Pachyramphus castaneus). 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 28 January 2020).