Tyrant-flycatchers (Tyrannidae)

Slaty Becard (Pachyramphus spodiurus) - HBW 9, p. 454

French: Bécarde ardoisée German: Schieferbekarde Spanish: Anambé Pizarra

Taxonomy: Pachyramphus spodiurus P. L. Sclater, 1860, Babahoyo, Los Ríos, Ecuador.
Genus formerly included with Tityra in the Cotingidae, but transferred to present family because of several shared, derived features of the skull and syrinx. Because both genera exhibit similarity to cotingids in many other features, some authors prefer to leave them in that family or to treat them as representing a separate family (Tityridae). Phylogenetic affinity of present species unknown. Has been suggested that it is closely related to, and perhaps conspecific with, P. rufus; the two appear to replace each other geographically and, arguably, constitute a zoogeographical sp.. View all taxonomy...

Taxonomy: Pachyramphus spodiurus P. L. Sclater, 1860, Babahoyo, Los Ríos, Ecuador.
Genus formerly included with Tityra in the Cotingidae, but transferred to present family because of several shared, derived features of the skull and syrinx. Because both genera exhibit similarity to cotingids in many other features, some authors prefer to leave them in that family or to treat them as representing a separate family (Tityridae). Phylogenetic affinity of present species unknown. Has been suggested that it is closely related to, and perhaps conspecific with, P. rufus; the two appear to replace each other geographically and, arguably, constitute a zoogeographical species. Monotypic.

Distribution: W Ecuador (W Esmeraldas and Pichincha S to W Loja) and extreme NW Peru (Tumbes, Piura, Cajamarca).

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