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One-colored Becard

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FemalePhoto © by Steve Herrmann (Ecuadorrebel)Milpe Bird Sanctuary, Ecuador - July 2010
Photo © by Steve Herrmann (Ecuadorrebel)
Milpe Bird Sanctuary, Ecuador - July 2010
Pachyramphus homochrous


[edit] Identification

16·5 cm
Slaty black above, darkest on the crown, wings and tail. Underparts uniform gray.
ufous above with dusky lores. Cinnamon buff below. Dusky primaries with blackish on wing-coverts.

[edit] Similar species

Slaty Becard is slightly smaller and has whitish lores (upper part at least) but otherwise very similar

[edit] Distribution

Central and South America:
Central America: occurs only in Panama
South America: found in Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador and Peru

[edit] Taxonomy

[edit] Subspecies

Juvenile MalePhoto © by Stanley Jones El Oro Province Ecuador, November, 2014
Juvenile Male
Photo © by Stanley Jones
El Oro Province Ecuador, November, 2014

There are 3 subspecies[1]:

  • P. h. canescens:
  • P. h. homochrous:
  • Tropical central Panama to north-western Peru (Tumbes and Piura)
  • P. h. quimarinus:
  • North-western Colombia (Sinú Valley)

[edit] Habitat

Fairly common in canopy and borders of humid forest. Observed at heights around 800 m.

[edit] Behaviour

Often in pairs. Raises crown feathers and pumps head.

[edit] Diet

Their diet consists of insects and fruit. They usually forage in pairs, but sometimes join mixed species flocks.

[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2014. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: Version 6.9., with updates to August 2014. Downloaded from
  2. Avibase
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved February 2015)
  4. BF Member observations

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