Family New World Barbets (Capitonidae)

Least Concern

Lemon-throated Barbet (Eubucco richardsoni)


French: Cabézon à poitrine d’or German: Goldbrust-Bartvogel Spanish: Cabezón pechiamarillo

Capito richardsoni

G. R. Gray

, 1846,

no locality = Ecuador


Hitherto treated as conspecific with E. aurantiicollis. No close relatives apart from E. aurantiicollis, and these two are the only lowland members of genus. A specimen from upper R Napo (Ecuador) represents a hybrid between nominate race of present species and race orientalis of E. bourcierii. Form from S Colombia and N Peru described as granadensis considered synonymous with nominate, but possibly a valid race. Two subspecies currently recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • E. r. richardsoni (G. R. Gray, 1846) – E & SE Colombia (S from Arauca#R), E Ecuador and N Peru (W of Iquitos).
  • E. r. nigriceps Chapman, 1928 – NE Peru (from lower R Putumayo and lower R Napo) E to extreme NW Brazil (W Amazonas N of Amazon); isolated record in lower R Negro (Jaú National Park)#R.
  • Descriptive notes

    c. 15·5 cm; 24·5–34 g. Multicoloured, sharp-billed, active barbet with marked sexual dimorphism. Partially sympatric with E. bourcierii, but... read more


    Song of soft double or usually triple “hoo” notes in fast, trill-like series, said to... read more


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

    Food and feeding

    Diet and foraging techniques probably very similar to those of better-studied E. aurantiicollis. Forages, usually alone or in... read more


    Season probably Feb or Apr to Nov. Males counter-sing from canopy, c. 7 songs per minute, singer bows head with notes, erects crown and... read more


    Probably sedentary.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Considered common in many areas; uncommon in Ecuador and Peru. Information on breeding needed in order to assess species’ requirements.... read more

    Recommended citation

    Short, L.L., Horne, J.F.M. & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). Lemon-throated Barbet (Eubucco richardsoni). 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 2019).