Great Jacamar (Jacamerops aureus)

Order: Galbuliformes | Family: Galbulidae  | IUCN Status: Least Concern

Age: Adult | Sex: Male | Loc. Pipeline Road, Panama

Age: Adult | Sex: Female | Loc. Pipeline Road, Panama

Age: Adult | Sex: Female | Loc. Amazonian Brazil

Age: Adult | Sex: Male | Loc. Amazonian Brazil

Identification & Behavior: ~30 cm (12 in). The Great Jacamar is iridescent green with a black bill, rufous belly, and gray tail. Females have a white neckband. They forage in the upper understory to mid-canopy in the interior of varzea and Terra Firme forest. Distinguished from other similar jacamars by large size, thick bill, and gray tail. White-chinned Jacamar and Bluish-fronted Jacamar forage in forest edges.

Status: The Great Jacamar is uncommon to rare in the Amazonian lowlands. It is known to range up to 1200 m along the foothill of the Andes. It also occurs in Co, Ec, Br, and Bo.

Name in Spanish: Jacamar Grande.

Sub-species: Great Jacamar (Jacamerops aureus isidori) Deville, 1849.

Meaning of Name: Jacamerops: Tupi (Brazilian) In reference to a Jacamar=bird with a neddle-like bill. aureus: L. aureus, aurum= gold, yellow, gold..

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Distribution Map
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    • Species range based on: Schulenberg, T. S., D. F. Stotz, and L. Rico. 2006. Distribution maps of the birds of Peru, version 1.0. Environment, Culture & Conservation (ECCo). The Field Museum. on 11/09/2014.