Family Tityras and allies (Tityridae)

Least Concern

Cinereous Becard (Pachyramphus rufus)


French: Bécarde cendrée German: Graubekarde Spanish: Anambé cinéreo

Muscicapa rufa


, 1783,

Cayenne, French Guiana


Perhaps conspecific with P. spodiurus (which see). Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • P. r. rufus (Boddaert, 1783) – C Panama (both slopes of Canal area, lower and middle Bayano Valley, and Darién), Colombia (Magdalena and Guajira S to Valle del Cauca and N Huila, also E of Andes from Arauca and Vichada S to Meta and Leticia), W & N Venezuela (E, generally N of R Orinoco, to Sucre, Monagas and N & E Bolívar), the Guianas, and Brazil (middle and lower Amazonia from Manacapuru and Tefé E to Amapá, NE Pará and Maranhão).
  • P. r. juruanus Gyldenstolpe, 1951 – E Peru (Loreto) and W Amazonian Brazil (SW Amazonas).
  • Descriptive notes

    12·9–14 cm; 18·5 g. Male has white lower forehead and loral area, dusky spot in front of eye, glossy black crown; upperparts mostly pearl-grey, sometimes with faint... read more


    Both sexes appear to have rather large repertoire of melancholy songs; typical song a fast series... read more


    Dry to moist areas, including light and open scrubby secondary woodland, clearings with groves of... read more

    Food and feeding

    Arthropods, including caterpillars; also small fruits and berries. Singly or in pairs; infrequently joins mixed-species foraging flocks.... read more


    Nest found in Jun in Venezuela (Aragua); birds in breeding condition in Apr–Oct and Feb N Colombia. Nest bulky and globular, entrance... read more



    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Rare to common. Apparently most abundant in the Guianas and least abundant in Panama. Range of race juruanus possibly extends N into extreme... read more

    Recommended citation

    Mobley, J. (2020). Cinereous Becard (Pachyramphus rufus). 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).