Family New World Barbets (Capitonidae)

Least Concern

Scarlet-hooded Barbet (Eubucco tucinkae)


French: Cabézon de Carabaya German: Scharlachkopf-Bartvogel Spanish: Cabezón de Carabaya

Capito tucinkae


, 1913,

Carabaya, Peru


Has been thought to be closely related to E. bourcierii, and for long considered conspecific, but appears to be very distinct species, only distantly allied to latter. No close relatives within genus. Monotypic.


E Peru (from lower R Ucayali) E to W Amazonian Brazil (E to R Tejo, in upper R Juruá area of Acre) and S to W Bolivia (La Paz).

Descriptive notes

c. 17 cm; 40–44 g. Red-headed barbet with black chin, golden-yellow nuchal band, green upperparts with some red on mantle, yellow bill. Male with red throat with some... read more


Song a fast “oop-oop-oop-” series at c. 6·5–7 notes per second for 2... read more


Found within c. 150 m of rivers and oxbow lakes, in “zabolo”, bamboos and Heliconia... read more

Food and feeding

Diverse fruits of various figs, Coussapoa, Cecropia, Psychotria, Tabernaemontana, and others,... read more


Season possibly Jul and later in Peru. Male sings with head bowed, bill nearly touching breast. Pair excavated cavity in fig tree 1·5 m... read more


Resident, and sedentary so far as is known.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in South-east Peruvian Lowlands EBA. Few data on numbers; judged to be rare in Peru. In study in Peru, maximum c. 3... read more

Recommended citation

Short, L.L. & Horne, J.F.M. (2018). Scarlet-hooded Barbet (Eubucco tucinkae). 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 21 September 2018).