Family New World Barbets (Capitonidae)

Least Concern

Blue-moustached Barbet (Eubucco versicolor)


French: Cabézon élégant German: Buntbartvogel Spanish: Cabezón versicolor del sur
Other common names: Versicolored Barbet (when lumped with E. steerii and E. glaucogularis)

Bucco versicolor

Statius Müller

, 1776,

Maynas, Peru


Hitherto considered conspecific with E. steerii and E. glaucogularis, but differs from each in characters indicated under respective species. Monotypic.


S Peru (Cuzco, Puno) to NC Bolivia (Cochabamba).

Descriptive notes

c. 16 cm; 28–39 g. Small, sturdy-billed, multicoloured barbet. Male red-capped, with narrow black around base of bill, green to blue-green upperparts; red throat, lower... read more


Song a fast, low-pitched trill c. 2 seconds long at c. 28–30 notes per second, given 3–... read more


Submontane humid forest with prominent epiphytes and mosses, also old secondary forest, less often... read more

Food and feeding

Diverse fruits and their seeds c. 80% of diet; also takes beetles and other arthropods (based on study of E. versicolor in general... read more


Data from specimens suggest season Jul–Dec, and eggs in nest and a dependent juvenile, both in Oct, recently observed in Bolivia.... read more


Probably sedentary.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Very little known, and virtually nothing known of its breeding habits and requirements. Considered uncommon in Peru. Conservation status may need to... read more

Recommended citation

Short, L.L., Horne, J.F.M. & Kirwan, G.M. (2018). Blue-moustached Barbet (Eubucco versicolor). 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 25 March 2018).