Family New World Barbets (Capitonidae)


Five-colored Barbet (Capito quinticolor)


French: Cabézon à cinq couleurs German: Fünffarben-Bartvogel Spanish: Cabezón cincocolores

Capito quinticolor


, 1865,



Relationships unclear, but possibly close to C. maculicoronatus and C. squamatus, and also to C. niger; may be sister to C. dayi#R. Monotypic.


W Colombia from C Chocó (Quibdó area) S to NW Ecuador (Esmeraldas).

Descriptive notes

17–18 cm; 54–69 g. Rather heavy-billed barbet. Male black above, with red cap, yellow “V” on mantle, yellow wingbar and edges of tertials; white... read more


Both sexes sing low-pitched, hollow, hoop trill of 3–8 seconds at c. 1·5 notes per... read more


Lowland wet forest, forest edges, adjacent second growth and disturbed forest, generally below c.... read more

Food and feeding

Mainly fruits; some insects. Forages in canopy to mid-level, at edges to understorey. Joins mixed-species foraging flocks at times, working... read more


Essentially unknown. Specimens suggest season Apr–Jul. Seen in pairs, possibly with third bird at times. Male bows, bill down,... read more


Assumed to be sedentary.

Status and conservation

VULNERABLE. Restricted-range species: present in Chocó EBA. Species little known. In one study, found at linear density of 3·5 pairs/km of disturbed forest in N... read more

Recommended citation

Short, L.L. & Horne, J.F.M. (2020). Five-colored Barbet (Capito quinticolor). 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 7 April 2020).