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Male of subspecies viridis
Photo by Luiz
Serrinha do Alambari, Resende, RJ, Brazil, November 2009
Pachyramphus viridis

Includes Yellow-cheeked Becard


14 - 15cm.

  • Male with a black crown, female with green crown
  • Olive-green wings, females with rufous-chestnut lesser wing-coverts
  • Viridis: Male with grey-whitish face and throat, grey neck and nuchal collar, yellow pectoral band merging with whitish underparts
Female of subspecies viridis
Photo by JWN Andrewes
Brazil, September 2005
  • Griseigularis: Underparts greyish, without yellow pectoral band
  • Peruanus and xanthogenys: yellow face, olive nuchal collar and neck, olive pectoral band merging with whitish underparts.


South America: found in south-eastern Venezuela and Guyana, locally in northern Brazil and from north-eastern Brazil south to Bolivia, Paraguay, northern Argentina and Uruguay. Also in Peru, Ecuador and southern Colombia.



Four species which form two groups[1]:

Peruanus and xanthogenys are sometimes split as Yellow-cheeked Becard, Pachyramphus xanthogenys.


Different types of forest (moist lowland forest, gallery forest, foothill forest) and forest edge. Also found in clearings.



Feeds on insects.
Usually seen in pairs or single. Forages in varying heights in the trees, well above the ground. Viridis and greiseigularis are often in mixed-species flocks.


The bulky globular nest is made of dead leaves and usually hangs from from a drooping branch or is wedged in a tree fork. It has a entrance hole near the bottom on the side. Lays two to four eggs.


Resident species.


  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 http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  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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