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Scarlet-banded Barbet

Capito wallacei

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Spectacular cloud forest bird found only in remote mountains east of the main cordillera of the Andes in Peru. There are two very distinct races that are sometimes considered separate species. Both have a red crown and breast, a white throat and eyebrow, and a black mask, wings, and tail. Birds from northern Peru have yellow flanks and thighs. The race in central Peru has red flanks and black thighs. Usually encountered in pairs or small groups that feed on fruit in the forest canopy. Song is a soft, low-pitched gurgle; it also gives weird rattling calls.

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