Glossy backed Becard (Pachyramphus surinamus)

Glossy-backed Becard

[order] Passeriformes | [family] Tyrannidae | [latin] Pachyramphus surinamus | [UK] Glossy-backed Becard | [FR] Becarde du Surinam | [DE] Weissbauchbekarde | [ES] Anambe de Surinam | [IT] Beccaio dorsosplendente | [NL] Cayenne-bekarde


Monotypic species

Physical charateristics

Very distinctive bird with black crown, back, wings and tail. Throat, breast and belly pure white. The female has blackish crown, pale grey upper back and white lower back. Wings black with cinnamon edges. Throat, breast and belly also white.

Listen to the sound of Glossy-backed Becard

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It is found in Brazil, French Guiana, and Suriname.


Its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests.


Nest is a bulky ball made of dead leaves with a side entrance. Hanging 25-30 meter up in tree.

Feeding habits

Forages in the high outer canopy, hunting by hopping and flying. Feeds on insects and fruit, mostly in pairs or alone.


This species has a large range, with an estimated global extent of occurrence of 650,000 km². The global population size has not been quantified, but the species is not believed to approach the thresholds for the population size criterion of the IUCN Red List (i.e., less than 10,000 mature individuals in conjunction with appropriate decline rates and subpopulation qualifiers), even though the species is described as ‘uncommon’ in at least parts of its range (Stotz et al. 1996). Global population trends have not been quantified, but the species is not believed to approach the thresholds for the population decline criterion of the IUCN Red List (i.e., declining more than 30% in ten years or three generations). For these reasons, the species is evaluated as Least Concern.
Glossy-backed Becard status Least Concern


Sedentary throughout range.

Distribution map

Glossy-backed Becard range map


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