Birds of Colombia

    PICIFORMES: Galbulidae (Jacamars)  
Genus: Galbula (10 species, 10 worldwide)

Genus Gabula, typical Jacamars, are green jacamars around 22 cm.. All jacamars have sturdy straight bills and a hummingbird-like shape, and catch dragonflies and butterflies in flight.

Yellow-billed Jacamar
Yellow-billed Jacamar (Galbula albirostris chalcocephala)
Leticia, Colombia  

Found in 'tierra firma' forest.

Purplish Jacamar
Purplish Jacamar (Galbula chalcothorax)
Finca Porvenir, Colombia  
Photograph by Jorge Muñoz   © All Rights Reserved.

Virtually identical to the [Bronzy Jacamar].

Bluish-fronted Jacamar
Bluish-fronted Jacamar (Galbula cyanescens)
Villa Carmen, Pilcopata, Peru  

Back side.

Blue-necked Jacamar
Blue-necked Jacamar (Galbula cyanicollis)
Carajás National Forest, Brazil  
Photograph by Ciro Albano - NE Brazil Birding   © All Rights Reserved.

Also called the Blue-cheeked Jacamar. Note yellow skin around eye similar to [Yellow-billed Jacamar].

Paradise Jacamar
Paradise Jacamar (Galbula dea)
Novo Mundo, MT, Brazil  
Photograph by Hector Bottai     Copyright and usage info

A large jacamar generally on the highest branches.

Green-tailed Jacamar
Green-tailed Jacamar (Galbula galbula)
Inírida, Guainía, Colombia  

Eating butterfly.

Bronzy Jacamar
Bronzy Jacamar (Galbula leucogastra)
Mitu, Vaupes, Colombia  

Virtually identical to the [Purplish Jacamar].
Additional photo.

Coppery-chested Jacamar
Coppery-chested Jacamar (Galbula pastazae) Female Vulnerable
Mocoa, Putumayo, Colombia
  The male has a green throat.

Found in a narrow altitude range around 1400m on the eastern Andean slope. Note yellow eye-ring and blue crown. Male has green throat.

Rufous-tailed Jacamar
Rufous-tailed Jacamar (Galbula ruficauda)
REGUA, Cachoeiras de Macacu, RJ, Brazil  

Widespread and relatively common. Often considered a large hummingbird by inexperienced birders. Sits on a perch in the open waiting for butterflies or dragonflies.
Back view.
Additional photo.

White-chinned Jacamar
White-chinned Jacamar (Galbula tombacea tombacea)
Villavicencio, Colombia  

From front.

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