The barred becard (Pachyramphus versicolor) is a small passerine bird which is a resident breeding species in highlands from Costa Rica to northwestern Ecuador and northern Bolivia. It has traditionally been placed in Cotingidae or Tyrannidae, but evidence strongly suggests it belongs in Tityridae, where now placed by SACC.

The adult barred becard is 12 cm long and weighs 14 g; it has a conspicuous eye ring. The adult male has black upperparts with much white in the wings. The sides of the head and throat have yellowish-green shading to white on the rest of the underparts. The underparts are finely barred with black. The adult female has a grey crown and nape, olive-green upperparts and largely rufous wings. The greenish-yellow underparts are finely barred and dusky. Young males are much duller and greener than the adults, with weaker barring. The calls include a soft but persistent weet weet weet weet or a teseep tesep tseep tseep.

The barred becard is found in the canopy and middle levels of mountain forests, coming lower at edges and in adjacent more open woodland. It is mainly found at altitudes between 1500–2500 m, sometimes higher early in the year. Barred becards actively pick large insects and spiders off the foliage in flight. They also regularly hover to take small berries. They can occur singly, in pairs or family groups, or often as part of a mixed-species feeding flock.

The nest, built by the female in a high fork of a tree branch 15–23 m up, is a 30 cm diameter spherical structure of plant material with a low entrance. The typical clutch is two dark brown-blotched brownish white eggs, laid between April and June and incubated by the female alone for 18–20 days to hatching. The male helps to feed the young.



Barred Becard
Date Location Count
2020-07-31 10:15Camino a la estación San Gerardo.2
2020-08-04 05:23Reserva Santa Elena--Main entrance area2
2020-07-29 05:36Reserva Santa Elena2
2020-08-07 09:56Monserrat de Coronado1
2020-08-05 08:33Paraiso Quetzal Lodge - Km 702
2020-07-11 19:52Iyok Ami2
2020-07-23 07:00Cloudbridge Nature Reserve1
2020-07-17 12:14RN Selva de Ventanas1
2020-07-25 07:21Reserva Natural Los Magnolios Finca La Florida1
2020-08-02 08:25Serranía de Las Baldías2
2020-07-10 07:25El Sutú--Camino Costa Rica2
2020-07-21 06:00Carretera Juntas1
2020-07-14 08:00Ukuku Rural Lodge1
2020-07-16 06:49Cascadas de Rio Verde1
2020-07-19 07:58Reserva Ornitológica Los Tororois2
2020-07-21 06:08El Refugio de Intag Lodge1
2020-08-04 07:54ACP Bosque de Churumazú1