Crested Becard Pachyramphus validus


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

Recommended Citation

Crested Becard (Pachyramphus validus), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, New York, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: