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Capito aurovirens.jpg
Scarlet-crowned barbet (Capito aurovirens)
Scientific classification e
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
Gilded̠ Barbet.jpg Capito auratus Gilded barbet Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and Venezuela
Capito aurovirens (Sasha Lodge, Ecuador).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).jpg Capito hypoleucus White-mantled barbet Colombia
Spot-crowned Barbet.jpg Capito maculicoronatus Spot-crowned barbet Colombia and Panama
San Diego Zoo 13 2016-06-10, crop.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 Five-colored barbet western Colombia and far north-western Ecuador
Capito squamatus Orange-fronted barbet western Ecuador and extreme southwestern Colombia
Capito wallacei Scarlet-banded barbet south-western Loreto, Peru
Capito fitzpatricki Sira barbet eastern Andes of Ucayali Department, Peru


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