Family Tityras and allies (Tityridae)

Least Concern

Jamaican Becard (Pachyramphus niger)


French: Bécarde de Jamaïque German: Jamaikabekarde Spanish: Anambé jamaicano

[Lanius] niger

J. F. Gmelin

, 1788,



See P. minor (above). Monotypic.



Descriptive notes

18 cm; 38·9–41·5 g. Male is entirely black, except white mark at base of wing (in flight); iris dark; bill black; legs blackish. Female has deep brown... read more


Typical vocalization two hoarse “queeck” notes, followed by melodic and syncopated but not well-... read more


Tall but mostly open forest and edges in hills and mountains; also observed in more closed forest,... read more

Food and feeding

Insects and fruit. Moves rather casually beneath canopy, occasionally hovering briefly to glean prey from twigs; also hawks flying insects... read more


Mar–Jun; more than one brood may be raised per season. Nest quite large, bulky and globular, entrance hole near bottom, composed of... read more


May move to lower elevations when not breeding.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Restricted-range species: present in Jamaica EBA. Widespread and locally fairly common. About 75% of original forest cover on Jamaica... read more

Recommended citation

Mobley, J. (2020). Jamaican Becard (Pachyramphus niger). 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 21 January 2020).