Gilded Barbet Capito auratus

  • © Ken Archer

Gilded Barbet is a brightly colored bird of western Amazonian forests found in Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, and Brazil. The species has a golden head with a broad black eye mask,  blunt blackish bill, blackish upperparts with golden tips, and pale yellow underparts with black flank spotting or streaking. Though it can be found in a number of forest types, the species is most commonly found in varzea and terra firme forests where it feeds on fruit and arthropods in the canopy. Gilded Barbet was formerly considered a subspecies of Black-spotted Barbet (Capito niger).

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© Victor Emanuel

  • Year-round
  • Migration
  • Breeding
  • Non-Breeding

Recommended Citation

Gilded Barbet (Capito auratus), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: