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Red-headed Barbet Eubucco bourcierii

  • Order: Piciformes
  • Family: Capitonidae
  • Polytypic: 6 subspecies
  • Authors: Dustin Foote
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The Red-headed Barbet is a spectacularly colored, small barbet of montane forest. The male's brilliant red head and breast contrast with the green upperparts and horn-colored bill. The female lacks the red, and has pearly blue-gray cheeks. This species is conspicuous as it moves about middle and upper strata with mixed flocks or feeds in fruiting trees. Its song, a purring trill, is also loud and distinctive. The Red-headed Barbet feeds primarily on fruit, but also take arthropods, which it sometimes gathers by searching through dead leaf clusters. The nest is an enlarged woodpecker cavity or a self-excavated hole in a rotting tree.

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© Ted Parker

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

Recommended Citation

Foote, D. (2010). Red-headed Barbet (Eubucco bourcierii), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/nb.rehbar1.01