One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A small bird of the tyrant flycatcher family with a large head and strong bill, found mainly in Central and South America.
Genus Pachyramphus, family Tyrannidae: several species
- ‘Among the rarest breeding birds in the US, becards arrived at the Roadside Rest in May and promptly disappeared; in mid-July, several were seen along Sonoita Creek above Patagonia Lake, and a pair was discovered building a nest at the Roadside Rest.’
- ‘An assemblage of 23 species of mourners, becards, and tityras (Tityras).’
- ‘My dissertation research ranges from a comparative study examining the correlates of migratory behavior in Tyranni (New World flycatchers, cotingas, piprids, tityras and becards), to experimental and observational field studies on altitudinal migrants in Costa Rica.’
- ‘We will encounter elegant trogans, a rose-throated becard nest, a snake the diameter of cooked spaghetti, whirligig beetles, and the wing of a zone-tailed hawk.’
- ‘Several rose-throated becards are also present on the Refuge, including two or three young males, which haven't been reported here for many years.’
- ‘Even in very disturbed areas, coffee plantations support good populations of migrants and other species that prefer or are restricted to forest habitats, such as redstarts, black-throated green warblers, yellow-throated and solitary vireos, and residents including tinamous, parrots, trogons, becards, toucans, and woodcreepers.’
- ‘One of the largest groups of New World birds, the Tyranni includes kingbirds, flycatchers, phoebes and such southern Arizona birdwatchers’ delights as vermillion flycatchers and rose-throated becards.’
- ‘It is here that a colony of rose-throated becards have made their summer home.’
- ‘Here such rare bird species as the gray hawk, northern beardless-tyrannulet, rose-throated becard, thick-billed kingbird, and green kingfisher can be seen, along with about 300 other species.’
- ‘This becard has a lot of different songs, this is one of their sounds, taped by Ottema.’
- ‘This pull-off is a good place to look for rose-throated becards, varied buntings, and Zone-tailed hawks.’
- ‘So far all of the grosbeaks and becards have been female or immature birds.’
- ‘Birding parties already have shown interest in trips to the ranch, spotting elegant trogans, eared trogans, rose-throated becards, at Ieast three varieties of quail, vermilion fly-catchers, indigo buntings and gray hawks, among others.’
- ‘For example, there are becards, tityras, saltators, trogons and motmots.’
- ‘I also did new paintings of the rose-throated becard on page 303.’
- ‘But the birds steal the show: rose-throated becards, green kingfishers, violet-crowned hummingbirds, zone-tail hawks and summer tanagers, blue grosbeaks and dusky-capped flycatchers, yellow-billed cuckoos and thick-billed kingbirds.’
- ‘Arivaca Creek: look for woodland species in tall cottonwoods and along the stream that attracts nesting gray hawks, ferruginous pygmy-owls, rose-throated becards, tropical kingbirds, vermilion flycatchers and yellow-billed cuckoo.’
- ‘Should we concentrate on the hummingbirds which come and go constantly as they visit flowering shrubs, or watch the trogons, tityras, thrushes, flycatchers, becards and manakins feeding on a fruiting tree?’
- ‘The name Pachyramphus relates to a group of some 16 species of cotinga known as becards with a widespread distribution throughout Central and South America; Pachyramphus viridis is the green-backed becard from northern South America.’
- ‘Their findings are based on computer analysis of 379 species of New World flycatchers from the suborder Tyranni, a group that includes kingbirds, flycatchers, phoebes, becards, manakins and cotingas.’
Mid 19th century: from French bécarde, from bec ‘beak’.
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