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Pachyramphus validus

Crested Becard

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Tityridae


Pachyramphus validus

Tamandaré, Pernambuco, Brazil; 12 October 2008 © Arthur Grosset

The Crested Becard is a handsome resident of tropical evergreen forest from Eastern Brazil west to Peru and south to Northwestern Argentina.  Male Crested Becards are very dark grey above with a semi-concealed white back patch and pale smokey grey below.  Females have a dark greyish crown that contrasts with the bright rufous upperparts and dull cinnamon underparts.  Not as vocal as other becards, Crested Becards are most often found singly, but at times they will join mixed species flocks.  When foraging these flycatchers perch and scan the surrounding vegetation for prey for 3 or 4 seconds before flying to a new perch.         

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Recommended Citation

. 2010. Crested Becard (Pachyramphus validus), Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Ithaca: Cornell Lab of Ornithology; retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online:

This map provided by Robert S. Ridgely.

  • Migration/Movement:Resident (nonmigratory)
  • Primary Habitat:Tropical lowland evergreen forest
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  • IUCN Status:Least Concern