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Black-spotted Barbet - BirdForum Opus

Photo © by Thibaud Aronson
Roche Corail, (Coral Rock), French Guiana, 27 November 2023
Capito niger


Black and yellow with a stout bill.
The female has more noticeable black marks on the underparts.


South America: found in eastern Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname, French Guiana and northeast Brazil north of the Amazon.


This is a monotypic species.
Formerly conspecific with Gilded Barbet. Clements used to include the subspecies aurantiicinctus, orosae, amazonicus, nitidior and hypochondriacus in this species but they are all now considered to be subspecies of Gilded Barbet.


Moist lowland forests and swamps.



The diet includes 80% fruit and oily seeds and some insects.


Both sexes excavate a cavity in a tree stump. The clutch consists of 3–4 white eggs which are incubated by both adults for 18 days. The young fledge after 34 days and fed by parents for an additional 23 days or so.


  1. Gill, F and D Donsker (Eds). 2014. IOC World Bird Names (version 4.3). Available at http://www.worldbirdnames.org/.
  2. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2019. The eBird/Clements Checklist of Birds of the World: v2019. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  3. Avibase
  4. Ezine Articles

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