Yellowbilled jacamar

Galbula albirostris

TAXONOMY

Galbula albirostris Latham, 1790. OTHER COMMON NAMES

English: Blue-cheeked jacamar; blue-necked jacamar; French: Jacamar a bec jaune; German: Gelbschnabel-Glanzvogel; Spanish: Jacamar de Pico Amarillo.

PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS

7.5 in (19 cm) long. The only jacamar species with a yellow bill. Metallic green on upperparts, purplish brown head, white patch on throat, rufous on underparts and tail. Feet and eye ring are yellow.

DISTRIBUTION

Amazonian Brazil, the Guianas, Peru, Venezuela, Colombia, and Ecuador.

HABITAT

Prefers forest interior more than most jacamars. BEHAVIOR

Often joins mixed flocks of other bird species.

FEEDING ECOLOGY AND DIET

Prefers butterflies and dragonflies. Captures flying insects while hunting from a perch.

REPRODUCTIVE BIOLOGY

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

CONSERVATION STATUS Not threatened.

SIGNIFICANCE TO HUMANS None known. ♦

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