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Glossy-backed Becard

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MalePhoto by alexandre vinotRisquetout in French Guiana, December 2006
Photo by alexandre vinot
Risquetout in French Guiana, December 2006
Pachyramphus surinamus



13.2 - 13.8cm.


  • Glossy black above with a slight bluish sheen
  • Crown sometimes scaly-looking
  • Pure white underparts
  • Dark iris
  • Blackish bill
  • Dark legs


  • Blackish crown with broadly dark chestnut-brown tipped feathers
  • Pale line above lores
  • Pale grey nape and upper back
  • White lower back to rump
  • Blackish wings with broad cinnamon-rufous edging
  • Blackish tail
  • White throat and underparts


South America: found in Suriname, French Guiana and lower Amazonian Brazil. One record from Venezuela.
Poorly known, obviously rare and local.


This is a monotypic species.


Found in high canopy and subcanopy of tall humid forest and forest borders. Also in adjacent clearings and savanna forest.
Occurs from sea-level up to 300m.


Feeds on insects, takes also some fruit.
Usually seen in pairs moving through thick foliage in high canopy.
Breeding season from July to October in Brazil. The nest is a bulky globular structure with a side entrance and made of dead leaves, fibres and moss. It's suspended from a drooping branch 25 to 30m above the ground up in a tree, usually near a wasp or bee nest.
No movements known.


  1. Clements, JF. 2011. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to August 2011. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019. Spreadsheet available at
  2. Del Hoyo, J, A Elliot, and D Christie, eds. 2004. Handbook of the Birds of the World. Volume 9: Cotingas to Pipits and Wagtails. Barcelona: Lynx Edicions. ISBN 978-8487334696

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