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Cinnamon Becard Pachyramphus cinnamomeus


The Cinnamon Becard recalls, to some extent, the basically allopatric Chestnut-crowned Becard (Pachyramphus castaneus) in being sexually monomorphic and possessing largely rufous-brown plumage, but is distinguished by the lack of the prominent gray head sides that emphasize the chestnut crown in P. castaneus. The present species replaces the latter in extreme northwest South America and through Central America, as far north as southeast Mexico. As in the Chestnut-crowned Becard, subspecific variation in morphology is generally very slight, despite that four subspecies are usually recognized. The Cinnamon Becard is not especially well known in terms of its ecology, although like other members of the genus, its habit of building a conspicuous nest has facilitated study of the species’ breeding biology.

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  • Year-round
  • Migration
  • Breeding
  • Non-Breeding

Recommended Citation

Cinnamon Becard (Pachyramphus cinnamomeus), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: