Galbula galbula Linnaeus, 1766.
Galbula galbula I Resident
OTHER COMMON NAMES
French: Jacamar vert; German: Grunschwanz-Glanzvogel; Spanish: Jacamar de Cola Verde.
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.
Brazil, Colombia, the Guianas, and Venezuela. HABITAT
Forest edge, woodland, usually close to water.
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.
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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