Purus Jacamar (Galbalcyrhynchus purusianus)

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

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Mato Grosso, Brazil

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Madre de Dios, Peru

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Amazonian Bolivia

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Madre de Dios, Peru

Identification & Behavior: ~19.5 cm (7.6 in). The Purus Jacamar is chestnut. The feet are red and the bill is pink to red. It is distinguished from the closely related White-eared Jacamar by not having the white patches on the ears. These two species replace each other geographically and are not known to overlap. They perch on horizontal branches where it waits for passing insects they catch on the wing.

Status: Generally common at the right habitat type in lowland Amazonia. Found mostly in the departments of Madre de Dios and Ucayali where they favor open scrub-like habitats with scattered trees along lakes, swamps, forest edges, and second growth.  It also occurs in Br and Bo.

Name in Spanish: Jacamar del Purús.

Sub-species: Chestnut Jacamar (Galbalcyrhynchus purusianus) Goeldi, 1904.

Meaning of Name: Galbalcyrhynchus: L. Galbal in reference to Galbula= a small yellowish bird. purusianus= related or originating from the Purus River region in Peru and Brazil.

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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.  http://fm2.fieldmuseum.org/uw_test/birdsofperu on 11/09/2014.