Family Tityras and allies (Tityridae)

Least Concern

Rose-throated Becard (Pachyramphus aglaiae)


French: Bécarde à gorge rose German: Rosenkehlbekarde Spanish: Anambé degollado

Pachyrhynchus Aglaiæ


, 1839,

vicinity of Jalapa, Veracruz, Mexico


See P. minor. Racial variation poorly understood; revision clearly necessary. Eight subspecies currently recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • P. a. albiventris (Lawrence, 1867) – SW USA (SE Arizona) and W Mexico (Sonora and Pacific slope from S Sinaloa S to N Guerrero, also up river valleys E to Chihuahua, Zacatecas and Morelos).
  • P. a. insularis (Ridgway, 1887) – Tres Marías Is, off W Mexico (Nayarit).
  • P. a. gravis (van Rossem, 1938) – coastal region of NE Mexico (Nuevo León and Tamaulipas S to San Luis Potosí); casual in extreme S USA (S Texas).
  • P. a. aglaiae (Lafresnaye, 1839) – highlands of S Mexico (C & S Guerrero E to S Oaxaca and WC Veracruz).
  • P. a. sumichrasti (Nelson, 1897) – SE Mexico (C Veracruz S to N & SE Oaxaca, E to Campeche) and W Guatemala.
  • P. a. yucatanensis (Ridgway, 1906) – Yucatán Peninsula (Yucatán, N Campeche, N Quintana Roo).
  • P. a. hypophaeus (Ridgway, 1891) – Caribbean slope from C Belize and C Guatemala S to Costa Rica.
  • P. a. latirostris Bonaparte, 1854 – Pacific slope from N El Salvador S to NW Costa Rica and (rare) Panama.
  • Descriptive notes

    16·5–18 cm; 27·2–31·2 g (albiventris), 25·8–33·3 g (yucatanensis). Distinctive. Male nominate... read more


    Commonly heard call a plaintive downslurred “t-sseu”, “tzeeu”, or shorter... read more


    Various types of forest edge, including pine-oak (Pinus-Quercus), canopy of... read more

    Food and feeding

    Insects; also considerable quantities of small fruits and arillate seeds (e.g. Stemmadenia). Singly or in pairs, and occasionally... read more


    Apr–Jun in Costa Rica. Nest bulky and globular or bell-shaped, up to c. 76 cm long, entrance hole at or near bottom, made from dead... read more


    No large-scale movement thought to occur. Populations in N Mexico (N Sonora and Nuevo León)... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Uncommon to common. Estimated global population 2,000,000 individuals. Status in Panama requires clarification; although conceivably resident,... read more

    Recommended citation

    Mobley, J. (2020). Rose-throated Becard (Pachyramphus aglaiae). 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).