Family New World Barbets (Capitonidae)

Least Concern

Brown-chested Barbet (Capito brunneipectus)


French: Cabézon à poitrine brune German: Zimtbrust-Bartvogel Spanish: Cabezón pechipardo
Other common names: Cinnamon-breasted Barbet

Capito brunneipectus


, 1921,

Villa Braga, River Tapajós, Brazil


Long merged in C. niger (along with C. auratus), but differs markedly in morphology, and has distinctive song. Recent genetic study indicates that present species, C. niger and C. auratus are all distinct species and are each other’s closest relatives#R. Monotypic.


Brazil S of Amazon, between lower R Madeira and lower R Tapajós; S limit of range unknown.

Descriptive notes

c. 18 cm; male 58 g. Chunky-billed black, cinnamon, whitish and olive to yellow barbet. Male with dull gold top of head, black patch through eye; black back with converging... read more


Song a rapid “hoo” trill of short notes accelerating from c. 20 to c. 40 per second,... read more


Lowland wet forest, usually in canopy.

Food and feeding

Known foods are insects and other arthropods, but few stomachs examined. Recorded eating fruits. Climbs vines, hops on branches and twigs.... read more


A male with enlarged testes was found moulting in Aug, and some birds collected were completing moult Jul–Aug; thus species possibly... read more


Probably resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Known from only few localities, namely Boim, Igarape, Villa Braga and Borba, and S limit of range currently unknown. Not rare near Boim. Species’... read more

Recommended citation

Short, L.L., Horne, J.F.M. & Bonan, A. (2018). Brown-chested Barbet (Capito brunneipectus). 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).