Versicolored Barbet (Eubucco versicolor)

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

Age: Adult (versicolor) | Sex: Male | Loc. Southeast Peru

Age: Adult (glaucogularis) | Sex: Male | Loc. Amazonas, Peru

Age: Adult (Steerii) | Sex: Male | Loc. Satipo Road, Central Peru

Age: Adult | Sex: Female | Loc. Southeast, Peru

Identification & Behavior: ~16 cm (6.3 in). The male Versicolored Barbet varies in coloration according to the sub-species. The most conspicuous varying element is the blue or yellow broad mustache. Females have a blue face, throat, and upper breast with a red chest crescent. The rest of the underparts are streaked.  The upperparts in both sexes are mossy green.  Males with yellow mustache resemble a male Lemon-Throated Barbet, but the Versicolored Barbet ranges at higher elevations. Also, see Scarlet-hooded Barbet and Red-headed Barbet.

Status: The Versicolored Barbet ranges at elevations between 750 m to 2100 m on the montane forest of the east slope of the Andes. It is generally uncommon to rare. It also occurs in Bo.

Name in Spanish: Barbudo Versicolor.

Sub-species: Versicolored Barbet (Eubucco versicolor versicolor), Statius Müller 1776. Andes of s Peru (Cusco and Puno) to n-c Bolivia (Cochabamba).
(Eubucco versicolor steerii), P. L. Sclater and Salvin 1878. Andes of n Peru (Amazonas to n Huánuco).
(Eubucco versicolor glaucogularis), Tschudi 1844. Andes of central Peru (e Huánuco to n Cusco).

Meaning of Name: Eubucco: Gr. Eu= elegant and bucco= cheek. versicolor: L. multicolor.

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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.