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Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Superphylum: Deuterostomia
Phylum: Chordata
Cladus: Craniata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Infraphylum: Gnathostomata
Superclassis: Tetrapoda
Cladus: Reptiliomorpha
Cladus: Amniota
Classis: Reptilia
Cladus: Eureptilia
Cladus: Romeriida
Subclassis: Diapsida
Cladus: Sauria
Infraclassis: Archosauromorpha
Cladus: Crurotarsi
Divisio: Archosauria
Subsectio: Ornithodira
Subtaxon: Dinosauromorpha
Cladus: Dinosauria
Ordo: Saurischia
Cladus: Theropoda
Cladus: Neotheropoda
Infraclassis: Aves
Cladus: Euavialae
Cladus: Avebrevicauda
Cladus: Pygostylia
Cladus: Ornithothoraces
Cladus: Euornithes
Cladus: Ornithuromorpha
Cladus: Ornithurae
Cladus: Carinatae
Parvclassis: Neornithes
Cohors: Neognathae
Ordo: Piciformes

Familia: Capitonidae
Genus: Capito
Species (11): C. auratus – C. aurovirens – C. brunneipectus – C. dayi – C. fitzpatricki – C. hypoleucus – C. maculicoronatus – C. niger – C. quinticolor – C. squamatus – C. wallacei

Capito Vieillot, 1816
Primary references

Vieillot, L.J.P. 1816. Analyse d'une nouvelle ornithologie élémentaire. 70 pp. Paris: Deterville. Original description p.27 BHL Reference page.

Additional references

O’Neill, J.P. , Lane, D.F., Kratter, A.W., Capparella, A.P. & Joo, C.F. (2000). A striking new species of barbet (Capitoninae: Capito) from the eastern Andes of Peru. The Auk 117 (3): 569–577. Full article (PDF).Reference page.
Seeholzer, G. F., Winger, B. M., Harvey, M. G., Cáceres A., D., & Weckstein, J.D. (2012). A new species of barbet (Aves: Capitonidae) from the Cerros del Sira, Peru. The Auk, 129(3):1-9. Full article (PDF)Reference page.

Capito is a genus of birds in the family Capitonidae. They are found in humid forests in South America, with a single species extending into eastern Panama. Slightly larger than the members of the genus Eubucco, members of the genus Capito are all sexually dimorphic and thickset, and have stubby pale bills that often are tipped black. With the exception of the somewhat aberrant scarlet-crowned barbet, black, red, orange, yellow and white are the dominating colours in their plumage, and males have at least partially black backs. Typically seen singly or in pairs, they are primarily frugivorous, but also take arthropods.

Image Scientific name Common Name Distribution
Capito auratus - Gilded barbet (male); Rio Branco, Acre, Brazil.jpg Capito auratus Gilded barbet Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and Venezuela
Scarlet-crowned Barbet.jpg Capito aurovirens Scarlet-crowned barbet Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru
Capito brunneipectus Brown-chested barbet central Amazon Basin, eastern Amazonas–western Pará states, North Region, Brazil
Capito dayi - Black-girdled Barbet (male).JPG Capito dayi Black-girdled barbet Bolivia and Brazil.
White-mantled Barbet (Capito hypoleucus) (8079738287), crop.jpg Capito hypoleucus White-mantled barbet Colombia
Spot-crowned Barbet, crop.jpg Capito maculicoronatus Spot-crowned barbet Colombia and Panama
Capito niger - Black-spotted barbet (male); Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil.jpg Capito niger Black-spotted barbet northeastern South America, ranging as far south as the Amazon River and as far west as the Branco River
Capito quinticolor.jpg Capito quinticolor Five-colored barbet western Colombia and far north-western Ecuador
Capitosquamatus.JPG Capito squamatus Orange-fronted barbet western Ecuador and extreme southwestern Colombia
Capito wallacei.jpg Capito wallacei Scarlet-banded barbet south-western Loreto, Peru
Capito fitzpatricki.jpg Capito fitzpatricki Sira barbet eastern Andes of Ucayali Department, Peru


Schulenberg, T., D. Stotz, D. Lane, J. O'Neill, & T. Parker III. (2007). Birds of Peru. Christopher Helm Publishers. ISBN 978-0-7136-8673-9

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