Family Tityras and allies (Tityridae)

Least Concern

One-colored Becard (Pachyramphus homochrous)


French: Bécarde unicolore German: Einfarbbekarde Spanish: Anambé unicolor

Pachyramphus homochrous

P. L. Sclater

, 1859,

Pallatanga, Chimborazo, Ecuador


See P. minor (above). Races barely distinguishable; revision desirable. Three subspecies currently recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • P. h. homochrous P. L. Sclater, 1859 – C & E Panama, W Colombia (Pacific slope of W Andes S to S Chocó at lower R San Juan), W Ecuador (S to W Loja) and NW Peru (Tumbes, N Piura).
  • P. h. quimarinus (Meyer de Schauensee, 1950) – NW Colombia (Sinú Valley of Bolívar E to S Magdalena and E Antioquia).
  • P. h. canescens (Chapman, 1912) – NE Colombia (NE Bolívar, N Magdalena) and NW Venezuela (base of Sierra de Perijá and both sides of L Maracaibo).
  • Descriptive notes

    16·5 cm; 35 g. Male is mostly dark slaty grey, crown more blackish, rump slightly paler than back; wings and tail. remiges with very narrow, almost indistinguishable, paler... read more


    Typical song a rather variable, loud, sharp, and sputtering or chattering “stet-ee-ee-teet-tsit-... read more


    Canopy and borders of various types of humid to dry and deciduous forest, adjacent clearings with... read more

    Food and feeding

    Insects and fruit. Usually in pairs, sometimes singly; sometimes joins mixed-species flocks. Forages at mid-levels to subcanopy at forest... read more


    In SW Ecuador, where many nests found in Feb–Mar, nests were in large trees (mostly Prosopis juliflora and Ceiba... read more


    None known.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Uncommon to common. In Panama, more common in E than in areas farther W. Fairly common, and seen daily, in Northwest Peru Biosphere... read more

    Recommended citation

    Mobley, J. & de Juana, E. (2020). One-colored Becard (Pachyramphus homochrous). 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 23 January 2020).