The Barred Becard is a distinctive little becard of Andean forests. The yellow wash to the cheeks recalls the larger Green-backed Becard (Pachyramphus viridis), but P. versicolor is the only becard with narrow black barring below. The male is mostly black above while the female has a distinctive combination of yellow underparts, a gray cap, a green back, and chestnut wings. This species is fairly active and pairs often join mixed-species canopy flocks. The rising, whistled song is delivered intermittently throughout the day.