Family Tityras and allies (Tityridae)

Least Concern

Green-backed Becard (Pachyramphus viridis)


French: Bécarde verte German: Gelbbrustbekarde Spanish: Anambé dorsiverde

Tityra viridis


, 1816,



Formerly considered conspecific with P. xanthogenys, and hitherto with P. griseigularis (which see). See also P. versicolor. Monotypic.


NE, WC & S Brazil (from Ceará and Rio Grande do Norte S to Tocantins, S Mato Grosso and Rio Grande do Sul), E & S Bolivia (NE Santa Cruz S to E Chuquisaca and Tarija), Paraguay, N Argentina (S to Tucumán, Santa Fe and Entre Ríos) and N & E Uruguay.

Descriptive notes

14·5–16·2 cm; 18–21 g (two males). Male has glossy black crown, whitish lores, face and throat, narrow yellowish eyering; sides of head, and neck... read more


Typical song a series of 12–19 melodic whistles, “trididideédeédeé... read more


Tall moist to humid forest, lighter woodland, gallery forest, edges, shrubby borders, and clearings... read more

Food and feeding

Insects, but also occasionally some fruits, e.g. Alchornea triplinervia (Euphorbiaceae). Observed singly or in pairs, partners... read more


Season Oct–Dec in Argentina; mid Oct in SE Paraguay; active nests in Nov–Dec in Minas Gerais and Oct and Nov in Rio de Janeiro... read more


None known.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Uncommon to locally fairly common, with records in numerous protected areas and a very large range (estimated at 6,260,000 km... read more

Recommended citation

Mobley, J. & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). Green-backed Becard (Pachyramphus viridis). 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 10 December 2019).