Gilded Barbet (Capito auratus)
Gilded Barbet, São Gabriel da Cachoeira, Amazonas, Brazil, August 2004 - click on image for a larger view São Gabriel da Cachoeira, Amazonas, Brazil

The Gilded Barbet is distributed in north-east Peru and in the western parts of the Amazon Basin. It is found in a variety of forest habitats, secondary growth and in gardens and plantations.

Gilded Barbet, São Gabriel da Cachoeira, Amazonas, Brazil, August 2004 - click on image for a larger view There is disagreement over the status of this species. Many authorities treat it as conspecific with Black-spotted Barbet Capito niger most notably Sibley & Monroe and Short & Horne the authors of not only the excellent "Toucans, Barbets & Honeyguides" but also of the Barbets chapter in HBW. However, the CBRO and the AOU treat C. auratus as a separate species.
Gilded Barbet, São Gabriel da Cachoeira, Amazonas, Brazil, August 2004 - click on image for a larger view The male, seen in the 1st photo and on the left of the second photo, has an orange-red throat, yellow unmarked chest with browny streaks on the flanks of the belly. The forecrown is buffy-yellow. The female, on the right of the second photo and in the third photo looks similar from below (the usual apart from the heavy streaking on the breast and belly.

They eat mainly fruit but, at times, supplement this diet with insects. The female in the 3rd photo is feeding at a Cecropia.

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