Behavior

Jacamars are exciting to watch because they are dramatic acrobats, swooping down from perches to capture colorful prey in mid-air. They spend most of their time on a branch, alert and scanning the air for flying insects.

Typically, jacamars live in pairs that perch and hunt in the same area. Certain species will occasionally congregate in small family groups. Unlike other jacamar species, the yellow-billed jacamar (Galbula albirostris) often joins mixed flocks of birds. Jacamars use a variety of calls to communicate. For example, rufous-tailed jacamars signal danger or agitation with a sharp trill.

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