The Versicolor Barbet is a bird from the Capitonidae family that lives in montane forests. The males have green plumage, a yellow breast, a red belly band, and a red head with whiskers that can be either blue or yellow depending on the subspecies. The females have a blue face and a greener body, and both males and females have a pale greenish-yellow bill. They are often seen alone or in pairs with mixed-species flocks, foraging in the mid-story and canopy of humid forests. Their call is a musical purr with a punctuated introductory note that sounds like “PA-prrrrr.” You can get to know it on our Manu National Park tours.
Photo: Alfredo Cornejo