Scarlet-banded Barbet (Capito wallacei)

Order: Piciformes | Family: Capitonidae  | IUCN Status: Vulnerable

Age: Adult | Sex: Male (b) Female (a) | Loc. Plataforma, San Martin

Age: Adult | Sex: Male (b) Female (a) | Loc. Cordillera Azul, San Martin

Age: Adult | Sex: Male| Loc. Plataforma, San Martin

Age: Adult | Sex: Male  | Loc. Plataforma, San Martin

Identification & Behavior: ~20 cm (7.9 in). The Scarlet-banded Barbet is unmistakable in its restricted range. Females are distinguished from males by having a yellow scapular streak. No other barbet has a striking white throat, scarlet breast band, and yellow belly.

Status: Endemic. The Scarlet-banded Barbet is known to occur in a small region in Cordillera Azul and adjacent areas at elevations ranging from 1300 m to 1550 m. It is fairly common in the few locations this barbet is known to occur.

Name in Spanish: Barbudo de Franja Escarlata.

Sub-species: Scarlet-banded Barbet (Capito wallacei wallacei), O’Neill, Lane, Kratter, Capparella and Fox, 2000.
(Capito wallacei fitzpatricki), Seeholzer, Winger, Harvey, Cáceres and Weckstein, 2012.

Meaning of Name: Capito: L. Caput= head, big head. wallacei: In honor of Robert B. Wallace, a long time supporter of ornithological exploration in Peru by ornithologists at Louisiana State University.

See more of the Family Capitonidae   peru aves

Distribution Map


    • 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.