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Barred Becard

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Photo  by Stanley Jones Chiriqui Province, Panama, May 2012
Photo by Stanley Jones
Chiriqui Province, Panama, May 2012
Pachyramphus versicolor


[edit] Identification

Photo by Michael WOld Nono-Mindo Road, North-western Ecuador, March 2007
Photo by Michael W
Old Nono-Mindo Road, North-western Ecuador, March 2007

11·5–13 cm (4½-5 in)

  • Black upperparts
  • White wing patches
  • Yellow-green sides of head and throat
  • White underparts barred with black
  • White eye ring


  • Grey crown and nape
  • Olive-green upperparts
  • Rufous wings
  • Greenish-yellow underparts finely barred with black.

Young males are much duller and greener than the adults, with weaker barring.

[edit] Variation

The population in western Panama and Costa Rica has most birds more yellowish-greenish especially on upperside. The rest may differ by subspecies in how strong the barring is on the underside.

[edit] Distribution

Photo by PitterValle de Cauca, Colombia
Photo by Pitter
Valle de Cauca, Colombia

Central and South America:
Central America: Costa Rica, Panama
South America: Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia

[edit] Taxonomy

[edit] Subspecies

There are 3 subspecies[1]:

  • P. v. costaricensis:
  • P. v. meridionalis:
  • P. v. versicolor:

[edit] Habitat

Canopy and middle levels of mountain forests.

[edit] Behaviour

Female, subspecies costaricensisPhoto by njlarsenLos Quetzales cabin, Guadeloupe, Chiriqui, Panama, February 2018
Female, subspecies costaricensis
Photo by njlarsen
Los Quetzales cabin, Guadeloupe, Chiriqui, Panama, February 2018

[edit] Diet

The diet consists of large insects, spiders and berries. They feed singly, in pairs and, after breeding, in small family groups.

[edit] Breeding

The female builds a spherical nest from plant material, with a low entrance and incubates the 2 dark brown-blotched brownish white eggs for 18-20 days. The male helps to feed the young.

[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from
  2. Avibase
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved September 2016 and February 2018)
  4. Wikipedia

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