Family Tityras and allies (Tityridae)

Least Concern

Cinnamon Becard (Pachyramphus cinnamomeus)


French: Bécarde cannelle German: Zimtbekarde Spanish: Anambé canelo

Pachyramphus cinnamomeus


, 1861,

Lion Hill, Panama


Sometimes treated as conspecific with P. castaneus, the two essentially replacing each other geographically, but differs in its lack of grey hindcollar (3); more uniform and richer chestnut upperparts (cap not darker or slightly scaled) (2); less uniform underparts (whiter throat and belly) (1); larger size with longer bill (allow 1); and slightly different song, with note-shape under- vs overslurred (1). Variation among races, especially in NE Colombia and NW Venezuela, requires closer inspection. Four subspecies recognized.

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Subspecies and Distribution
  • P. c. fulvidior Griscom, 1932 – SE Mexico (SE Veracruz and NE Oaxaca E to N Tabasco and Chiapas), N Guatemala, C & S Belize, N Honduras and N & E Nicaragua S to W Panama (W Chiriquí, W Bocas del Toro).
  • P. c. cinnamomeus Lawrence, 1861 – E Panama (Cerro Azul/Jefe, Bayano Valley, and Darién), NW & W Colombia (S to N Tolima and S Antioquia, E to upper Sinú Valley, and E of Andes from Catatumbo S to W Meta) and W Ecuador (S to NW Azuay and El Oro).
  • P. c. magdalenae Chapman, 1914 – N Colombia (lower Magdalena Valley and N Sucre, and E from lower Sinú Valley) and W Venezuela (Zulia, NW Táchira, W Mérida).
  • P. c. badius Phelps, Sr & Phelps, Jr, 1955 – W Venezuela (E slope of Andes in S Táchira).
  • Descriptive notes

    14–15 cm; 17–22 g. Plumage is mostly uniform rufous or chestnut-rufous to rufous-tawny above, slightly darker on crown and with narrow pale buff supraloral, dusky... read more


    Typical song a somewhat plaintive, reedy, usually fast or nearly trilled series of musical notes, e... read more


    Edges and sometimes canopy of humid and evergreen forests, secondary-woodland borders, clearings... read more

    Food and feeding

    Insects, including beetles (Coleoptera), katydids (Tettigoniidae), homopterans, ants (Hymenoptera), caterpillars; also spiders; also... read more


    Mar–Jul in Costa Rica; nest-building observed in early Mar (Buenaventura) and Apr–May (NW Santander) and birds in breeding... read more


    Populations of race fulvidior in Mexico may be at least partially migratory, with apparent... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Uncommon to common. Nominate race possibly extends slightly farther S in Ecuador; single record from Loja (also one farther W, at Guayaquil)... read more

    Recommended citation

    Mobley, J. (2020). Cinnamon Becard (Pachyramphus cinnamomeus). 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 February 2020).