Green-backed Becard Pachyramphus viridis
Male Green-backed Becard, Pirapora, Minas Gerais, Brazil, February 2002 - click for larger image Pirapora, Minas Gerais, Brazil
February 2002

The Green-backed Becard is found from north east Brazil to northern Argentina and Bolivia. It inhabits light woodland, gallery forest and forest borders. It gleans for invertebrates such as caterpillars at various heights and is usually found in pairs.

The male has a black crown and olive back with the sides of the head a pale grey. The throat is whitish below which there is a broad bright yellow band leading into a whitish belly. The female is similar except for an olive crown and rufous-chestnut on the wing coverts. The bill is broad and the tail narrow.

There are illustrations in Ridgely & Tudor, Volume 2, Plate 45; and Sick, Plate 30.

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