Family Tityras and allies (Tityridae)


Slaty Becard (Pachyramphus spodiurus)


French: Bécarde ardoisée German: Schieferbekarde Spanish: Anambé pizarra

Pachyramphus spodiurus

P. L. Sclater

, 1860,

Babahoyo, Los Ríos, Ecuador


See P. versicolor. Has been suggested as closely related to P. rufus, and perhaps conspecific; the two appear to replace each other geographically. Monotypic.


W Ecuador (W Esmeraldas and Pichincha S to W Loja) and extreme NW Peru (Tumbes, N Piura, Cajamarca, Amazonas).

Descriptive notes

14 cm. Male is mostly slaty grey above, whitish supraloral spot, crown and nape black, nape with some slaty grey mixed in, sometimes some black on back; wings blackish,... read more


Typical male song is a short, fast series of rather musical notes, “tu, tu, tee-tee-... read more


Semi-humid and deciduous woodland, scrubby areas, clearings and plantations with some tall... read more

Food and feeding

Largely unknown. Most often observed in pairs. Perches in canopy or subcanopy; regularly forages close to the ground.


A nest found in Feb in N Peru was a closed, globular and pensile structure, mainly made of twigs and moss and placed in a Ceiba ... read more



Status and conservation

ENDANGERED. Restricted-range species: present in Tumbesian Region EBA and Marañón Valley EBA. Rare to locally uncommon, and very local; probably often... read more

Recommended citation

Mobley, J. (2020). Slaty Becard (Pachyramphus spodiurus). 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).