Red-headed Barbet (Eubucco bourcierii)

Order: Piciformes | Family: Capitonidae  | IUCN Status: Least Concern

Age: Adult | Sex: Male | Loc. Tandayapa, Ecuador

Age: Adult | Sex: Female | Loc. Tandayapa, Ecuador

Age: Adult | Sex: Male | Loc. Cundinamarca, Colombia
Age: Adult | Sex: Female | Loc. Costa Rica

Identification & Behavior: ~15.5 cm (6.1 in). Males Red-headed Barbet have a crimson head, throat, and mid-belly. The rest of the underparts are streaked. Females have a black face with blue on the sides of the head. Females have a golden breast band with the rest of the underparts yellow with streaks in the sides and flanks. The upperparts are mossy green. Males resemble the Scarlet Hooded Barbet, but their ranges do not overlap. Also, see Lemon-throated Barbet.

Status: The Red-headed Barbet is found only on the north and west side of the Marañon Valley where it ranges at elevations between 1200 m to 1900 m. It also occurs in Co and Ec.

Name in Spanish: Barbudo de Cabeza Roja.

Sub-species: Red-headed Barbet (Eubucco bourcierii orientalis), Chapman 1914.

Meaning of Name: Eubucco: Gr. Eu= elegant and bucco= bourcierii: In honor of Jules Bourcier French Consul general to Ecuador who was a collector and naturalist specialized in hummingbirds.

See more of the Family Capitonidae   peru aves

Distribution Map
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    • Species range based on: Schulenberg, T. S., D. F. Stotz, and L. Rico. 2006. Distribution maps of the birds of Peru, version 1.0. Environment, Culture & Conservation (ECCo). The Field Museum. on 01/01/2015.