Becards are reminiscent of flycatchers— medium-sized with a rather flat head. Male is mostly gray with bold white edges on the wing feathers and a black cap with pale lores. Compare with White-winged Becard, which has a black back and dark lores. Female is very different; look for her rufous cap bordered with black, thin white eyering, yellow belly, olive back, and pale tawny edges on wing feathers. Occurs from Costa Rica to Venezuela and south to Peru. Mostly found in the foothills, up to around 2,000 m. Singles or pairs accompany mixed-species flocks through forest edge and second growth, mostly in the middle to upper levels.
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