This flycatcher-like bird of western Ecuador and northwestern Peru can be tough to identify with certainty due to its similarity with the slightly larger One-colored Becard. On male, look for white fringes to some of the wing feathers and a faint, pale spot between the eye and bill. On female, this pale spot is harder to see, but she tends to have a warmer, more tawny-colored breast. Voice is also a good clue: Slaty Becard often gives a ringing, raspy trill. Most common in dry and semi-humid forest but also locally found in humid forest.