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Male Gilded Barbet (Capito auratus punctatus) | by Frank Shufelt
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Male Gilded Barbet (Capito auratus punctatus)

The Gilded Barbet is a fruit eating bird that inhabits the western Amazon basin and lower foot hills east of the Andes in Venezuela, Colombia, Brazil, Peru, Bolivia and Ecuador. The black streaking on the flanks of the male is characteristic of the Ssp. punctatus found in eastern Ecuador and south eastern Colombia. The Gilded Barbet measures about 20 cm (8 inches) in length.


Barbets are close relatives of Toucans and are scientifically classified in the Capitonidae family. The Gilded Barbet was at first thought to be a subspecies of the Black-spotted Barbet but DNA testing in 2005 confirmed this to be a separate species.


Taken 5 km north of Florencia, Caquetá, Colombia.

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Taken on February 18, 2013