Monday, May 2, 2022

Barred Becard

At Amagusa Preserve in Mashpi, Ecuador, I got photos of both a male and female barred becard. The bird recognition feature on iNaturalist did not even list that identification as a possibility for either. It was an identifier on iNaturalist, who goes by the moniker "Isueza" who ended up correcting my mis-identification on both, as well as a number of other birds in Ecuador.  That is the feature on iNaturalist that I love.

The genus becard, which I'd never heard of, contains 17 subspecies. The barred becard is found in highlands, in a small strip, from Costa Rica to northern Bolivia. eBird records 13,221 observations and has 494 photos. None of the featured photos are from Ecuador. 
Species map from Wikipedia
Both males and females have an eye-ring. The male has black upperparts with quite a bit of white in the wings. The sides of the head and throat have yellowish-green which then shades to white on the rest of the underparts. The underparts have fine black barring, giving it its name. 

The female, which is much prettier, has a gray crown and nape, olive green upperparts and much rufous in the wings. The underparts are greenish-yellow and are also finely barred and dusky.

They pick insects and spiders off foliage in flight and also eat small berries. 

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