Family New World Barbets (Capitonidae)

Least Concern

Scarlet-crowned Barbet (Capito aurovirens)


French: Cabézon oranvert German: Olivrücken-Bartvogel Spanish: Cabezón oliva

Bucco aurovirens


, 1829,



No apparent close relatives. May be closest to C. dayi and C. quinticolor#R. Monotypic.


SE Colombia E to NW Brazil (E to R Negro), and S through E Ecuador to CE Peru and W Brazil (E & S to Tefé and Acre).

Descriptive notes

c. 19 cm; 46–75 g. Green-olive barbet with orange-yellow throat to breast, whitish chin. Male with red crown to nape, some black in olive lores, olive-green ear-coverts... read more


Song a series of low “ttroup” or “ttdoot” notes, effect that of frog or... read more


Near water in seasonally flooded várzea forest, floodplain low forest, forest... read more

Food and feeding

Berries, fruits, some insects, details unknown; captives eat beetles, earwigs, mealworms. Gleans in foliage, on branches and twigs, probes... read more


Jan–May in Colombia and Ecuador; Jul–Aug, also Apr and Dec, in Peru; probably Dec onwards in Brazil. Countersinging occurs,... read more


Presumaby resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Overall reasonably common; common in Colombia; fairly common to common in Ecuador, and especially numerous at Limoncocha; fairly common in Peru.... read more

Recommended citation

Short, L.L. & Horne, J.F.M. (2019). Scarlet-crowned Barbet (Capito aurovirens). 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 23 May 2019).