Yellow-billed Jacamar (Galbula albirostris)

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

Age: Adult | Sex: Male | Loc. San Martin. Peru

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

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

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

Identification & Behavior: ~19.3 cm (7.5 in). The Yellow-billed Jacamar is iridescent green in the head, upperparts, and central tail feathers. Throat and the rest of the underparts are rufous. Males have a white throat patch and richer rufous underparts.  They are interior forest jacamars that favor tree falls, open upper understory and mid-canopy or any naturally sparsely vegetated forest. They perch on horizontal branches for passing insects they catch on the wing. Nearly identical to Blue-cheeked Jacamar, but the two species replace each other geographically.

Status: The Yellow-billed Jacamar is uncommon to rare throughout its range. They occur on the north side of the Amazon and upper Ucayali Rivers and further south on the west side of the lower Ucayali River. It also occurs in Co, Ec, and Br.

Name in Spanish: Jacamar Pardo.

Sub-species: Yellow-billed Jacamar (Galbula albirostris chalcocephala) Deville, 1849.

Meaning of Name: Galbula: Gr. Galbula= a small yellowish bird. albirostris= L. albus=white, rostris, rostrum=bill..

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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.