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Capito niger - Black-spotted barbet (female); Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil.jpg
female Black-spotted barbet (C. niger)
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Piciformes
Family: Capitonidae
Genus: Capito
Vieillot, 1816

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Capito is a genus of birds in the Capitonidae family. They are found in humid forests in South America, with a single species extending into eastern Panama. Slightly larger than the members of the genus Eubucco, members of the genus Capito are all sexually dimorphic and thickset, and have stubby pale bills that often are tipped black. With the exception of the somewhat aberrant scarlet-crowned barbet, black, red, orange, yellow and white are the dominating colours in their plumage, and males have at least partially black backs. Typically seen singly or in pairs, they are primarily frugivorous, but also take arthropods.


Image Scientific name Common Name Distribution
Capito auratus - Gilded barbet (male); Rio Branco, Acre, Brazil.jpg Capito auratus Gilded barbet Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and Venezuela
Scarlet-crowned Barbet.jpg Capito aurovirens Scarlet-crowned barbet Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru
Capito brunneipectus Brown-chested barbet central Amazon Basin, eastern Amazonas–western Pará states, North Region, Brazil
Capito dayi - Black-girdled Barbet (male).JPG Capito dayi Black-girdled barbet Bolivia and Brazil.
White-mantled Barbet (Capito hypoleucus) (8079738287), crop.jpg Capito hypoleucus White-mantled barbet Colombia
Spot-crowned Barbet, crop.jpg Capito maculicoronatus Spot-crowned barbet Colombia and Panama
Capito niger - Black-spotted barbet (male); Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil.jpg Capito niger Black-spotted barbet northeastern South America, ranging as far south as the Amazon River and as far west as the Branco River
Capito quinticolor.jpg Capito quinticolor Five-colored barbet western Colombia and far north-western Ecuador
Capitosquamatus.JPG Capito squamatus Orange-fronted barbet western Ecuador and extreme southwestern Colombia
Capito wallacei.jpg Capito wallacei Scarlet-banded barbet south-western Loreto, Peru
Capito fitzpatricki.jpg Capito fitzpatricki Sira barbet eastern Andes of Ucayali Department, Peru


  • Schulenberg, T., D. Stotz, D. Lane, J. O'Neill, & T. Parker III. (2007). Birds of Peru. Christopher Helm Publishers. ISBN 978-0-7136-8673-9

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