Capitonidae – New World Barbets

Scarlet-crowned Barbet (Capito aurovirens) by Kent Nickell

Scarlet-crowned Barbet (Capito aurovirens) by Kent Nickell

Its leaves were lovely, Its fruit abundant, And in it was food for all. The beasts of the field found shade under it, The birds of the heavens dwelt in its branches, And all flesh was fed from it. (Daniel 4:12 NKJV)

CLASS – AVES, Order – PICIFORMES, Family – Capitonidae – New World Barbets

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Species (15)

Scarlet-crowned Barbet (Capito aurovirens)
Scarlet-banded Barbet (Capito wallacei)
Sira Barbet (Capito fitzpatricki)
Spot-crowned Barbet (Capito maculicoronatus)
Orange-fronted Barbet (Capito squamatus)
White-mantled Barbet (Capito hypoleucus)
Black-girdled Barbet (Capito dayi)
Brown-chested Barbet (Capito brunneipectus)
Black-spotted Barbet (Capito niger)
Gilded Barbet (Capito auratus)
Five-colored Barbet (Capito quinticolor)
Lemon-throated Barbet (Eubucco richardsoni)
Red-headed Barbet (Eubucco bourcierii)
Scarlet-hooded Barbet (Eubucco tucinkae)
Versicolored Barbet (Eubucco versicolor)


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©Arthur Grosset’s Birds
Keith Blomerley – Videographer
Kent Nickell
Ray’s Wildlife Photography

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American barbets, family Capitonidae, are near passerine birds of the order Piciformes which inhabit humid forests in Central and South America. They are closely related to the toucans.

The American barbets are plump birds, with short necks and large heads. They get their name from the bristles which fringe their heavy bills. Most species are brightly coloured and live in tropical forest.

American barbets are mostly arboreal birds which nest in tree holes dug by breeding pairs, laying 2-4 eggs. They eat fruit and insects. These birds do not migrate. (Wikipedia with editing)


Versicoloered Barbet by Keith Blomerley

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