Family Tityras and allies (Tityridae)

Least Concern

Green-cheeked Becard (Pachyramphus griseigularis)


French: Bécarde à joues vertes German: Grünwangenbekarde Spanish: Anambé cariverde

Pachyrhamphus [sic] griseigularis

Salvin and Godman

, 1883,

Roraima, Guyana


Formerly considered conspecific with P. xanthogenys, and hitherto with P. viridis, but differs from latter in its lack of a yellow breastband (3); whitish vs pale peach belly to vent (2); lack of a broad grey collar (ns[2]); green vs grey ear-coverts in male (3); greyer uppertail (ns[1]); seemingly shorter tail (but n=2, so no score). Monotypic.


SE Venezuela (E Bolívar), Guyana (Mt Roraima) and locally in N Brazil (lower R Tapajós and E on both banks of Amazon to Marajó I).

Descriptive notes

14·5–15 cm. Adult male has glossy black crown, whitish lores, narrow yellowish eyering and sides of head greyish olive (almost encircling neck); rest of upperparts mainly... read more


Song described as c. 7–14 ascending thin notes given over c. 3 seconds, e.g. “deeut-deeut-deet-DEET... read more


Prefers canopy of tall, moist to humid, tropical and lower premontane forest, especially where... read more

Food and feeding

Very few data, although what is known of general ecology and foraging behaviour suggests that these are similar to P. viridis.... read more


No published information, but a nest with young has been observed in Brazil (S Pará) in Sept. Most aspects of nesting ecology presumably... read more


None known.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Uncommon and rather local, but true range is potentially more extensive across the Guiana Shield, given its recent discovery in N... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). Green-cheeked Becard (Pachyramphus griseigularis). 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 24 June 2019).