Family Tityras and allies (Tityridae)

Least Concern

Western Grey-collared Becard (Pachyramphus uropygialis)


French: Bécarde de Nelson German: Westmexikobekarde Spanish: Anambé mexicano occidental

Pachyrhamphus [sic] major uropygialis


, 1899,

Plomosas, Sinaloa, Mexico


Usually considered conspecific with P. major, but recent proposal for separation#R accepted here, present species differing in its whitish vs dull grey rump and uppertail-coverts in male (2); rufous vs black crown in female (3); and lemon vs cinnamon-buff head sides and underparts in female (2); marginally larger size mentioned in original description needs confirmation from strong sample. Monotypic.


W Mexico (S Sonora S to Guerrero and highlands of Oaxaca#R).

Descriptive notes

14–16·3 cm; 21–25·4 g (n = 2). Male basically identical to formerly conspecific P. major, but has whitish rump and uppertail-coverts. Female has cinnamon-... read more


No known differences in vocalizations between present species and formerly conspecific P. major... read more


Humid to semi-arid forest, especially pine (Pinus) and oak (Quercus), forest... read more

Food and feeding

Diet presumably insects and fruits, but no specific information. Foraging behaviour similar to that of P. major. Joins mixed-... read more


Few data, with just one nest described to date. Female collected with eggs ready to lay, late May, in Oaxaca, adults attending three... read more


None definitely reported, although it is potentially an altitudinal migrant, moving downslope in... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Uncommon to fairly common, but local; considered a very uncommon breeder in C Oaxaca. Not well known. Occurs in Insurgente José María... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). Western Grey-collared Becard (Pachyramphus uropygialis). 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 19 June 2019).