It is found in Amazonian Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests, subtropical or tropical swamps, and heavily degraded former forest.
The range of the scarlet-crowned barbet is the western-central Amazon Basin centered on the Amazon River-Marañón Rivers; the range spreads in the west from Andean foothills of southern Colombia, eastern Ecuador, to the lower half of the northern-flowing Ucayali River in northern Peru. The range in the east at the Madeira River confluence with the Amazon River, is limited by and slightly overlaps the western range of the brown-chested barbet south of the Amazon River. The species is found in all of eastern Amazonian Ecuador.
- Scarlet-crowned Barbet videos on the Internet Bird Collection
- Scarlet-crowned Barbet photo gallery VIREO Photo-High Res
- Photo-Medium Res; Article www.tekipaki.jp–"Barbets", etc.
- Photo-High Res; Article & write-up flickr.com
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