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Male (top) - Female (bottom)
Photo by Stanley Jones
Photo taken between Moyobamba and Tarapoto, Amazonas Department, Peru,November 2013
Capito auratus


Male: orange-red throat and yellow unmarked chest with browny streaks on the flanks of the belly.


South America: found in Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Brazil


A female, subspecies auratus
Photo by Aracari
Rio Caures, Amazonas, Brazil, February 2008

Formerly considered conspecific with Black-spotted Barbet. Several subspecies have been assigned to Black-spotted Barbet by Clements but are all now moved to this species.


There are 8 subspecies[1]:

  • C. a. punctatus:
  • South-central Colombia along lower eastern Andes to central Peru (Junín)
  • C. a. auratus:
  • North-eastern Peru (mouth of Río Napo s along Amazon and Río Ucayali)
  • C. a. insperatus:
  • C. a. aurantiicinctus:
  • Venezuela (upper Orinoco region, western Bolivar and Amazonas)
  • C. a. orosae:
  • Eastern Peru (Río Orosa to Rio Javari, south to extreme western Brazil in Acre)
  • C. a. amazonicus:
  • Western Brazil south of Rio Solimões from upper Rio Jurúa east to Rio Purús
  • C. a. nitidior:
  • C. a. hypochondriacus:
  • Northern Brazil (Roraima along Rio Branco to Rio Negro and Solimões)




  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, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2014. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: Version 6.9., with updates to August 2014. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  3. Avibase
  4. BF Member observations

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