Black-girdled Barbet is a striking, but poorly-known, barbet of south central Amazonia. Both sexes have the black "girdle" - the black band across the belly - but only the male has the striking red crown; the crown of the female is black. This species is poorly-known, but is fairly common within its range. The song of the Black-girdled Barbet is similar to that of Striated Antthrush (Chamaeza nobilis), but lacks the distinctive slow "woop" notes at the end of the song of the antthrush. Black-girdled Barbet forages in pairs or in small (family?) groups in the canopy of humid lowland forest and in adjacent second growth, usually as part of large mixed species flocks that also include tanagers, foliage-gleaners, and other species. Black-girdled Barbets eat fruit, and also frequently search for invertebrates concealed in curled, dead leaves.