Family New World Barbets (Capitonidae)


White-mantled Barbet (Capito hypoleucus)


French: Cabézon à manteau blanc German: Weißmantel-Bartvogel Spanish: Cabezón dorsiblanco

Capito hypoleucus


, 1897,

Valdivia, Antioquia, Colombia


Appears to be rather isolated within genus; probably related distantly to C. squamatus, possibly more closely to newly discovered C. wallacei and also to C. dayi and C. brunneipectus. In the past was considered conspecific with C. quinticolor. Racial differences rather slight. Three subspecies currently recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • C. h. hypoleucus Salvin, 1897 – C Andes of NW Colombia (Bolívar to Antioquia).
  • C. h. carrikeri G. R. Graves, 1986 – Botero area of R Porce, in E Antioquia.
  • C. h. extinctus G. R. Graves, 1986 – Magdalena Valley in Caldas, Cundinamarca and Tolima (WC Colombia).
  • Descriptive notes

    18–19 cm. Strong-billed, rathyer chunky, black, white, brown, red and yellow barbet with yellow-horn bill. Male nominate race with red forehead and crown, black side of... read more


    Song of 15–30 “hoop” notes that rise slightly in tempo, 3–5 seconds long;... read more


    Occupies fragmented lower montane moist forest, forest patches, secondary forest, cacao and coffee... read more

    Food and feeding

    Berries, fruits, and insects; fruits identified are of Cupania and Cecropia, and mangoes; stomachs contained “seeds... read more


    Probably Apr–Sept; seen attending nest in late Apr, and late breeding-period moult starts May. Singer “hoops” in... read more


    Resident; leaves territory to feed on fruits, but probably moves only locally.

    Status and conservation

    VULNERABLE. Formerly listed as Endangered. Restricted-range species: present in Nechí Lowlands EBA. Apparently rare, but locally common; little known. Nominate race... read more

    Recommended citation

    Short, L.L. & Horne, J.F.M. (2019). White-mantled Barbet (Capito hypoleucus). 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 18 March 2019).