Family New World Barbets (Capitonidae)

Near Threatened

Sira Barbet (Capito fitzpatricki)


French: Cabézon du Sira German: Sirabartvogel Spanish: Cabezón del Sira

Capito fitzpatricki

Seeholzer et al.

, 2012,

11.45 km WSW of mouth of Quebrada Shinipo, Cerros del Sira, Ucayali, Peru


Sister-species of C. wallacei, the two differing genetically and in plumage and morphology. Mitochondrial DNA indicates low sequence divergence, suggesting that they have differentiated relatively recently; morphological evidence#R, however, is conclusive, fitzpatricki showing red (not yellow) flanks (3), broader breastband (a plumage character, not a morphometric one; effect size 3.335, score 2), deeper bill (effect size 3.744, score 2), and black vs grey outer thigh feathers (1). Monotypic.

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E slope of S Cerros del Sira (Ucayali), in EC Peru.

Descriptive notes

c. 19·5–20 cm; 70–79 g. Adult male has top of head crimson running back over nape to mantle, feathers of mantle with pale yellow tips, rest of upperparts... read more


Song a low-pitched purring trill, similar to that of C. wallacei. Most commonly heard call... read more


Montane forest on ridgetops and slopes at 950–1250 m, possibly higher (but below 1700 m). Observed... read more

Food and feeding

Appears to be largely frugivorous, like other capitonids; seen to consume berries. Stomach contents consisted mostly of vegetable matter (... read more


No certain information.


No information.

Status and conservation

NEAR THREATENED. Restricted-range species: present in Peruvian East Andean Foothills EBA. Locally fairly common. Recorded only in narrow altitudinal band on outlying ridges... read more

Recommended citation

Fjeldså, J. & Sharpe, C.J. (2018). Sira Barbet (Capito fitzpatricki). 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 16 December 2018).