Family Tityras and allies (Tityridae)

Least Concern

Yellow-cheeked Becard (Pachyramphus xanthogenys)


French: Bécarde à joues jaunes German: Gelbwangenbekarde Spanish: Anambé cariamarillo

Pachyrhamphus [sic] xanthogenys

Salvadori and Festa

, 1898,

River Zamora, Ecuador


See P. versicolor (above). Sometimes considered conspecific with P. viridis (with P. griseigularis), but differs in plumage and habits. Validity of race peruanus uncertain. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • P. x. xanthogenys Salvadori & Festa, 1898 – extreme S Colombia (E Cauca, W Putumayo)#R#R, E Ecuador (E slope of Andes from W Sucumbíos S to Zamora-Chinchipe) and N Peru (Cajamarca, Amazonas, San Martín).
  • P. x. peruanus E. J. O. Hartert & Goodson, 1917 – C & SE Peru (Huánuco, Pasco, Junín, Cuzco, Madre de Dios) and extreme CW Brazil (S Acre)#R.
  • Descriptive notes

    14·5 cm. Male has glossy black crown, bright olive nape; white lores, partial yellow eyering; face mostly bright yellow to greenish-yellow, becoming yellowish-olive on side... read more


    Typical male song, usually conducted from well-concealed high perch, a distinctive series 2–3... read more


    Borders of humid montane and foothill forest, woodland edges, and clearings with scattered tall... read more

    Food and feeding

    Usually observed in pairs; does not usually mingle with mixed species flocks. Generally rather sluggish and inconspicuous. Forages at... read more


    Nest bulky and globular, entrance hole on side or near bottom, composed of dead leaves, fibres, moss, and so on; generally hanging from... read more



    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Uncommon to fairly common; probably often overlooked. In Ecuador, common along road to Loreto N of Archidona and in the Zumba area, and occurs also... read more

    Recommended citation

    Mobley, J. (2020). Yellow-cheeked Becard (Pachyramphus xanthogenys). 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).