An Introduction to the Birds of Tropical America

    Piciformes - Barbets  

Barbets are small songbird-sized birds which are more closely related to toucans than songbirds. They are generally very colorful.


Red-headed Barbet
Red-headed Barbet (Eubucco bourcierii) Male
Tatama National Park, Pueblo Rico, Risaralda, Colombia
The most widespread and common barbet is also one of the most attractive.

Toucan Barbet
Toucan Barbet (Semnornis ramphastinus)
Sachatamia, Mindo, Ecuador
A large colorful barbet found on the western slope of the Colombian and Ecuadorian Andes.

Prong-billed Barbet
Prong-billed Barbet (Semnornis frantzii)
Costa Rica
An attractive but not very colorful central American barbet.

White-mantled Barbet
White-mantled Barbet (Capito hypoleucus) Male
Cocorná, Colombia
Barbets are tree-nesters like other birds in the order Piciformes. The White-mantled Barbet is a Colombian endemic species.

Red-headed Barbet Female
Red-headed Barbet (Eubucco bourcierii) Female
Finca Alejandria, Cali, Colombia
Barbet male and females are often quite different.


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