Family New World Barbets (Capitonidae)

Least Concern

Flame-throated Barbet (Eubucco aurantiicollis)


French: Cabézon à nuque jaune German: Gelbnacken-Bartvogel Spanish: Cabezón cuellidorado

Capito aurantiicollis

P. L. Sclater

, 1858,

Río Javari and Río Ucayali, Peru


Hitherto treated as conspecific with E. richardsoni, but (allowing for original description of E. a. purusianus, a form evidently intermediate in some respects between richardsoni and nominate aurantiicollis) differs in its fuller red crown (2); bright pale yellow narrow (vs dull ash-grey broad) hindcollar (3); orange-yellow (vs pale yellow) throat and somewhat stronger flame-red breast patch (2); orange vs yellow breastband on female (ns[2]); larger bill (effect size 4.07, score 2) (race purusianus reportedly slightly smaller, so score for bill perhaps only 1). No close relatives apart from E. richardsoni, and these two the only lowland members of genus. Proposed race coccineus (from C Peru) now regarded as a synonym of nominate aurantiicollis. Two subspecies currently recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • E. a. aurantiicollis P. L. Sclater, 1858 – E Peru (from R Marañón) E to W Brazil S of Amazon (E almost to R Juruá) and S to NW Bolivia.
  • E. a. purusianus Gyldenstolpe, 1951 – W Brazil S of Amazon, from R Juruá E to upper R Madeira.
  • Descriptive notes

    c. 14·5–15·5 cm; 26–42 g. Multicoloured, sharp-billed, active barbet with marked sexual dimorphism. Partially sympatric with larger E. tucinkae, but should be easily... read more


    No known differences between this species and E. richardsoni; in SE Peru described as... read more


    Generally lowland terra firme forest, also dense second growth, forest edges and clearings... read more

    Food and feeding

    Fruits such as those of Cecropia and their seeds, also grasshoppers, locusts, spiders, less often roaches; c. 37% of food... read more


    Nothing known, although season is presumed to commence earlier in this species than in E. richardsoni.


    Probably sedentary.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Considered common in many areas; uncommon in Peru. Reported densities of 4–5 pairs/100 ha. Information on breeding needed in order to assess... read more

    Recommended citation

    del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). Flame-throated Barbet (Eubucco aurantiicollis). 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 2019).