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


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.


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.


Photo by Pitter
Valle de Cauca, Colombia

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



There are 3 subspecies[1]:

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


Canopy and middle levels of mountain forests.


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


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


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.


  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 http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Avibase
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved September 2016 and February 2018)
  4. Wikipedia

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