The barbets were originally all included in the family Capitonidae, however the African Barbets are now included in the family Lybiidae with the Tinkerbirds and the Asian Barbets in the family Megalaimidae. The barbets are medium-sized, generally colourful, fruit-eating, hole-nesting near-passerines.
Family Lybiidae – African Barbets & Tinkerbirds
Family Megalaimidae – Asian Barbets
Family Capitonidae – New World Barbets