Gilded Barbet

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Common Name: Gilded Barbet
Scientific Name: Capito auratus

Size: 8 inches (20 cm)

Habitat: South America; Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and Venezuela, in the Orinoco River Basin and western Amazon Basin. Found in tropical moist lowland forests (especially Terra Firme) and woodland. It mainly occurs in lowlands, but also ranges into the lower foothills of the east Andes range.

Status: Least Concern. Global population: Unknown.

Diet: Mostly Fruit and some insects. Small prey items are also taken, especially when nesting. Barbets are capable of shifting their diet quickly in the face of changes in food availability.

Nesting: Males and females are similar in appearance. Females have more extensive orange-yellow edging to the wing-coverts, yellowish streaking to the auriculars and back. Nests are created in tree holes dug by breeding pairs, laying 2-4 eggs.

Cool Facts: Barbets get their name from the bristles which fringe their heavy bills and are close relatives to toucans. The Gilded Barbet was formerly considered a subspecies of the Black-spotted Barbet from north-eastern South America.

Barbets are thought to be important agents in seed dispersal in tropical forests.


Found in Songbird Remix Amazon

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