Family Tityras and allies (Tityridae)

Least Concern

Eastern Grey-collared Becard (Pachyramphus major)


French: Bécarde du Mexique German: Schwarzrückenbekarde Spanish: Anambé mexicano oriental

Bathmidurus major


, 1847,

Jalapa, Veracruz, Mexico


Usually considered conspecific with P. uropygialis (which see). Specimens from Honduras not racially identifiable; tentatively included in australis, but could belong with itzensis. Four subspecies currently recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • P. m. major (Cabanis, 1847) – E Mexico (S Nuevo León and San Luis Potosí S to Oaxaca and W Chiapas).
  • P. m. itzensis Nelson, 1901 – SE Mexico (Campeche, Yucatán, Quintana Roo), perhaps this race in Belize and N Guatemala.
  • P. m. matudai A. R. Phillips, 1966 – S Mexico (Pacific slope of Chiapas) and S Guatemala.
  • P. m. australis W. deW. Miller & Griscom, 1925 – highlands of El Salvador, Honduras and NC Nicaragua.
  • Descriptive notes

    14–16·3 cm; 21·3–28·4 g (races australis and itzensis), 22·6 g (race matudai). Male nominate race has... read more


    Typical song a rich and constantly repeated (usually 4–6 times, and ten in c. 10 seconds)... read more


    Humid to semi-arid forest, especially pine (Pinus) and oak (Quercus), forest... read more

    Food and feeding

    Insects and fruits, including those of Cymbopetalum mayanum (Annonaceae). Singly or in pairs; occasionally joins mixed-species... read more


    Nothing known, although one collected third week of Mar in El Salvador was ready to breed.


    Apparently an altitudinal migrant, at least N of Isthmus of Tehuantepec, e.g. on Atlantic slope of... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Uncommon to fairly common, but local. Just two records from the Mexican state of Tabasco. Not well known. Occurs in Lamanai... read more

    Recommended citation

    Mobley, J. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). Eastern Grey-collared Becard (Pachyramphus major). 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).