Family Tityras and allies (Tityridae)

Least Concern

Glossy-backed Becard (Pachyramphus surinamus)


French: Bécarde du Suriname German: Weißbauchbekarde Spanish: Anambé de Surinam

[Muscicapa] surinama


, 1766,





S Guyana#R, Suriname, French Guiana, and N Brazil (from lower R Negro at Manaus E almost to R Tapajós; recorded also S of Amazon on R Urucu, in C Amazonas); few records from Venezuela (lower R Caura, in N Bolívar)#R.

Descriptive notes

13·2–13·8 cm; 20 g. Male is glossy black above, slight bluish sheen, crown sometimes scaly-looking; some white near bases of scapulars (often concealed); pure white... read more


Soft and sweet-sounding dawn song, usually from semi-concealed perch high in canopy, a series of c... read more


High canopy of emergent trees, subcanopy of tall humid forest, and forest borders, also adjacent... read more

Food and feeding

Insects, some fruit. Usually observed in pairs, partners loosely associated. Moves about at rather deliberate pace, peering into thick... read more


Nests discovered Jul–Oct in Brazil. Nest bulky and globular, entrance hole on side or near bottom, composed of dead leaves, fibres,... read more


None known.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Rare and apparently local. Poorly known; perhaps often overlooked, as it spends most time in canopy. Future range extensions for this species... read more

Recommended citation

Mobley, J. (2020). Glossy-backed Becard (Pachyramphus surinamus). 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).