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Scarlet-crowned Barbet - BirdForum Opus

Photo © by Roy Halpin
Ecuadorian Amazon Basin, 10 October 2004
Capito aurovirens


Photo © by Stanley Jones
Yasuni Kichwa Ecolodge, Rio Napo, Orellina Province, Ecuador, 1 February 2016

18-19 cm (7-7½ in)

  • Heavy gray bill.
  • Greenish-olive overall plumage
  • Orange-yellow throat down to breast
  • Whitish chin


  • Red crown to nape
  • Some black in olive lores
  • Olive-green ear-coverts

Female has gray crown and nape.


South America: found in South-east Colombia to eastern Peru and western Amazonian Brazil (east to Río Negro)


This is a monotypic species[1].


Near water in varzea forest.



They glean in foliage, on twigs and branches for fruit, berries and insects.


Song is a series of low notes, sounding like a frog.




  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2018. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2018. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Short, L.L. & Horne, J.F.M. (2019). Scarlet-crowned Barbet (Capito aurovirens). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from https://www.hbw.com/node/56055 on 24 July 2019).
  3. Scarlet-crowned Barbet (Capito aurovirens), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: https://neotropical.birds.cornell.edu/Species-Account/nb/species/sccbar1
  4. Schulenberg, T. S. & Stotz, D. F. & Lane, D. F. & O'Neill, J. P. & Parker III, T. A. & Egg, A. B. (2010). Birds of Peru: Revised and Updated Edition. Princeton: Princeton University Press. ISBN 978-0691130231

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