Tyrant-flycatchers (Tyrannidae)

White-winged Becard (Pachyramphus polychopterus) - HBW 9, p. 456

French: Bécarde à ailes blanches German: Weißbindenbekarde Spanish: Anambé Aliblanco

Taxonomy: Platyrhynchos polychopterus Vieillot, 1818, Bahia, Brazil.
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 affinities of present species remain unknown. Races exhibit rather marked variation in plumage and, in some cases, also in voice; it has been suggested that more than one species may be involved. Eight subspecies currently recognized.. View all taxonomy...

Taxonomy: Platyrhynchos polychopterus Vieillot, 1818, Bahia, Brazil.
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 affinities of present species remain unknown. Races exhibit rather marked variation in plumage and, in some cases, also in voice; it has been suggested that more than one species may be involved. Eight subspecies currently recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • similis Cherrie, 1891 - C Guatemala E to S Belize (Toledo) and N Honduras, S to N Colombia (N Chocó).
  • cinereiventris P. L. Sclater, 1862 - N Colombia (Chocó except extreme N, E to Santa Marta, S to upper R Sinú and César).
  • dorsalis P. L. Sclater, 1862 - C & SW Colombia (S Antioquia and Cundinamarca S to SW Nariño) and NW Ecuador (E Esmeraldas, N & W Imababura, and N Pichincha S to Mindo area).

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  • similis Cherrie, 1891 - C Guatemala E to S Belize (Toledo) and N Honduras, S to N Colombia (N Chocó).
  • cinereiventris P. L. Sclater, 1862 - N Colombia (Chocó except extreme N, E to Santa Marta, S to upper R Sinú and César).
  • dorsalis P. L. Sclater, 1862 - C & SW Colombia (S Antioquia and Cundinamarca S to SW Nariño) and NW Ecuador (E Esmeraldas, N & W Imababura, and N Pichincha S to Mindo area).
  • tristis (Kaup, 1852) - NE Colombia (E of Andes from Norte de Santander S to Boyacá, probably to Guainía), Venezuela (except Cerro Duida, in S Amazonas), Trinidad and Tobago, the Guianas and NE Brazil (Roraima E to Maranhão and SE Pará).
  • nigriventris P. L. Sclater, 1857 - E Colombia (E of Andes in W Meta S to Vaupés), S Venezuela (S Amazonas at base of Cerro Duida), W Brazil (both banks of upper Amazon E to R Jamundá and E bank of R Madeira), E Peru (S of R Marañón) and N Bolivia (Beni).
  • tenebrosus J. T. Zimmer, 1936 - SE Colombia (SE Nariño and W Caquetá E to Amazonas), E Ecuador and NE Peru (N & W Loreto and San Martín).
  • polychopterus (Vieillot, 1818) - E Brazil (Piauí and Ceará S to Alagoas and Bahia).
  • spixii (Swainson, 1838) - NW Bolivia (Pando and La Paz E to Santa Cruz and S to Tarija), S & SE Brazil (Mato Grosso E to Espírito Santo, S to Rio Grande do Sul), Paraguay, N Argentina (S to Tucumán, Córdoba and N Buenos Aires) and Uruguay.