Bird genealogy>> Order Piciformes >> Family Capitonidae
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Mirador del General, San Isidro
Costa Rica


Make Nikon D300
Lens Nikkor AF-S VR 70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6G   at 450 mm
Exposure 1/250 s, f/5.6, ISO 1000 
Image size 584 x 667 pixels

IOC Names

Deutsch  Andenbartvogel Dutch  Roodkopbaardvogel
Italian  Barbetto testarossa Spanish  Cabezón Cabecirrojo


American barbets, family Capitonidae, are near passerine birds of the order Piciformes and are closely related to the toucans. They get their name from the bristles which fringe their heavy bills. Most species live in tropical humid forest of Central and South America. American barbets are mostly brightly coloured, arboreal birds which nest in tree holes dug by breeding pairs. They eat fruit and insects. These birds do not migrate.

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