Family New World Barbets (Capitonidae)


Black-girdled Barbet (Capito dayi)


French: Cabézon du Brésil German: Kehlbinden-Bartvogel Spanish: Cabezón brasileño

Capito dayi


, 1916,

Porto Velho, River Madeira, Brazil


Genetic data#R indicate that this species may be closest to C. quinticolor, rather than, as previously thought, C. niger. Monotypic.


Amazonian Brazil between upper R Madeira and upper R Tocantins, S to E Bolivia (NE Santa Cruz) and WC Mato Grosso.

Descriptive notes

16–17 cm; 56–74 g. Sturdy-billed black-and-white barbet with black “girdle” across white underparts; differs from partially sympatric C. niger... read more


Song a hollow-sounding series of “hooo” or “rroh” notes at 3–6 per... read more


Lowland and lower hill slopes in moist to wet forest canopy, ranging into secondary forest with... read more

Food and feeding

Feeds mainly on fruits (c. 86% of stomachs contained only fruits), including figs (Ficus), Cecropia fruits and others,... read more


Poorly known. Data, mainly from Rondônia (Brazil), suggest breeding Aug–Nov, also Feb and Jun, with pair taking in turns to... read more


Resident, presumably sedentary.

Status and conservation

VULNERABLE. No precise information available on numbers. Because of its rather restricted range, and as forest habitat becomes increasingly fragmented, the status of this... read more

Recommended citation

Short, L.L., Horne, J.F.M. & Kirwan, G.M. (2018). Black-girdled Barbet (Capito dayi). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 22 March 2018).