BARBETS  -  CAPITONIDAE and TOUCAN-BARBETS  -  SEMNORNITHIDAE


Scarlet-crowned Barbet - Capito aurovirens
Scarlet-crowned Barbet
Capito aurovirens
Sacha Lodge, Orellana province, Ecuador.
Male. A barbet of secondary forest and lighter woodland. (D3)


Spot-crowned Barbet - Capito maculicoronatus
Spot-crowned Barbet
Capito maculicoronatus rubrilateralis
Trail between El Valle and Utría National Park, Chocó department, Colombia.
A family group. I think the female at the bottom is the mother, the male at the right is the father, and the others are young birds. This barbet has a fairly small range in Panama and NW Colombia. It was a hard bird to photograph since it always stayed high in the canopy. (S8)


Spot-crowned Barbet - Capito maculicoronatus
Spot-crowned Barbet
Capito maculicoronatus rubrilateralis
Trail between El Valle and Utría National Park, Chocó department, Colombia.
Male. (S8)


Orange-fronted Barbet - Orange-fronted Barbet
Orange-fronted Barbet
Capito squamatus
Pacto-Guayllabillas road, Pichincha province, Ecuador
Male. This handsome species is nearly endemic to western Ecuador, but it it does just get into southeastern Colombia. (S5)


Orange-fronted Barbet - Orange-fronted Barbet
Orange-fronted Barbet
Capito squamatus
R-io Palenque Science Station, Los Ríos province, Ecuador.
Female. (S7)

White-mantled Barbet - Capito hypoleucus
White-mantled Barbet
Capito hypoleucus
RNA Arrierito Antioqueño, Anorí, Antioquia department, Colombia.
Male. This barbet is endemic to a fairly small area of central Colombia.  (D3)


Five-colored Barbet - Capito quinticolor
Five-colored Barbet
Capito quinticolor
San Francisco, Esmeraldas province, Ecuador.
Male. A Chocó endemic. In Ecuador, it only occurs in the far northwest near the border with Colombia. It is still surprisingly common in very disturbed forest south of San Lorenzo. This bird appeared to have a large tick above hsi right eye. He was singing. (S8)


Five-colored Barbet - Capito quinticolor
Five-colored Barbet
Capito quinticolor
Humedal de Yalare, Esmeraldas province, Ecuador.
Male. (D3)


Gilded Barbet - Capito auratus
Gilded Barbet
Capito auratus punctatus
Sacha Lodge, Orellana province, Ecuador.
A pair, the female is on the right, and the male is on the left singing. This is a canopy species, and I took this shot from the canopy tower, though bright sunlight did not make for a good photo. (D2)


Lemon-throated Barbet - Eubucco richardsoni
Lemon-throated Barbet
Eubucco richardsoni richardsoni
Yasuní Research Station, Orellana province, Ecuador.
Female. This species lives in terra firme forest in the western Amazon. It's normally a canopy species, but this one came down quite low to feed in a small melastome tree by the side of a road. (S6)


Red-headed Barbet - Eubucco bourcierii
Red-headed Barbet
Eubucco bourcierii aequatorialis
Tandayapa Bird Lodge, Pichincha province, Ecuador.
Male. The aequatorialis race is almost endemic to western Ecuador, with males sporting more extensive red and brighter yellow underparts than other races. (S7)


Red-headed Barbet - Eubucco bourcierii
Red-headed Barbet
Eubucco bourcierii aequatorialis
Tandayapa Bird Lodge, Pichincha province, Ecuador.
Female. (S7)


Versicolored Barbet - Eubucco versicolor
Versicolored Barbet
Eubucco versicolor versicolor
Manu road near San Pedro, Cusco region, Peru.
Male. An especially brightly-colored barbet from Andean cloudforest in Peru and Bolivia. (S8)


TOUCAN-BARBETS  -  SEMNORNITHIDAE

Now treated as a separate family from the other New World barbets.


Toucan Barbet - Semnornis ramphastinus
Toucan Barbet
Semnornis ramphastinus ramphastinus
Refugio Paz de las Aves, Pichincha province, Ecuador.
This gaudy bird is one of the iconic species of the mountains of NW Ecuador and SW Colombia. (S8)


Toucan Barbet - Semnornis ramphastinus
Toucan Barbet
Semnornis ramphastinus ramphastinus
Refugio Paz de las Aves, Pichincha province, Ecuador.
They sometimes visit banana feeders at Angel Paz's reserve. (S8)


Prong-billed Barbet - Semnornis franzii
Prong-billed Barbet
Semnornis franzii
La Cinchona, Heredia provinca, Costa Rica.
Along with the Toucan Barbet above, the only other member of the Semnornithidae. It's amazing how these two sister species evolved so differently. Why would one evolve such bright and gaudy colors, and the other one turn out so much plainer? Their voices are quite similar, however. (D3)


Prong-billed Barbet - Semnornis franzii
Prong-billed Barbet
Semnornis franzii
Bosque de Paz, Alajuela province, Costa Rica.
A family group. (S8)



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