Like most Neotropical barbets, the White-mantled Barbet, a Colombian endemic, is a striking-looking bird, marked by a scarlet forehead, black-and-white hindcrown and mantle, blue-black head sides and upperparts, a white throat and upper breast, with a diffuse buffy breast-band, and yellowish-white underparts. Despite being locally common, overall the species is postulated to be declining, as a consequence of ongoing forest destruction within this barbet’s relatively restricted range, in the northern Central Andes and on the western slope of the East Andes. It favors primary forest above 1000 m, although in places it seems tolerant of some degree of habitat disturbance. As a result, the White-mantled Barbet is currently listed as globally Endangered according to IUCN criteria. It regularly joins mixed-species foraging flocks.