Family New World Barbets (Capitonidae)

Near Threatened

Blue-cowled Barbet (Eubucco steerii)


French: Cabézon de Steere German: Blaunacken-Bartvogel Spanish: Cabezón versicolor del norte

Capito steerii

P. L. Sclater and Salvin#R#R

, 1878,

Moyobamba, Peru


Hitherto considered conspecific with E. glaucogularis and E. versicolor, but differs from former in male’s yellow (continuous with submoustachial area and breast) vs broad pale blue lower throat patch (3), lack of golden-yellow line bordering lower edge of blue throatband (2), and darker and rather broader blue hindcollar line, merging more gently into bluer green upperparts (2); and from latter in having yellow (vs pale blue) submoustachial area (3), small (vs large) red patch under bill, covering chin only and thus not forming red lower border to submoustachial area, and not bordered below by a pale blue line (3), and darker and rather broader blue hindcollar line merging more broadly into bluer-green upperparts (2). Monotypic.


N Peru from WC Amazonas S to N Huánuco.

Descriptive notes

16 cm; 31–37 g. Small, rather multicoloured barbet, with a red cap, blue on nape, green to blue-green upperparts, yellow throat and face and red chin and breast patch, with... read more


No known differences from E. versicolor.


Submontane humid forest with prominent epiphytes and mosses, also old secondary forest; occurs from... read more

Food and feeding

No known differences from E. versicolor.


All facets essentially unknown. Data from specimens suggest season Jul–Dec. Apparently territorial in pairs; male sings regularly.


Probably sedentary.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently treated as Near Threatened. Very little known, and virtually nothing known of its breeding habits and requirements. Given extent of... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). Blue-cowled Barbet (Eubucco steerii). 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 28 February 2020).