Greentailed jacamar

Galbula galbula

TAXONOMY

Galbula galbula Linnaeus, 1766.

Galbula galbula I Resident

OTHER COMMON NAMES

French: Jacamar vert; German: Grunschwanz-Glanzvogel; Spanish: Jacamar de Cola Verde.

PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS

8 in (20 cm); 2 in (51 mm) slender bill. Metallic green upper-parts, white or buff patch on throat, tail shorter and more rounded than other species, with green on top and dusky blue underneath.

DISTRIBUTION

Brazil, Colombia, the Guianas, and Venezuela. HABITAT

Forest edge, woodland, usually close to water.

BEHAVIOR

Like rufous-tailed jacamar, they prefer lower shrub perches for hunting.

FEEDING ECOLOGY AND DIET

Prefer butterflies and dragonflies. Catches prey in mid-air and batters it against a branch before consuming it.

REPRODUCTIVE BIOLOGY

Lays one white eggs in ground-hole nest cavity. Incubation is 20-23 days. Chicks emerge from nest after 21-26 days, covered in white down. Both sexes incubate and care for chicks.

CONSERVATION STATUS Not threatened.

SIGNIFICANCE TO HUMANS None known. ♦

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