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Galbalcyrhynchus purusianus

Purus Jacamar

  • Order: Galbuliformes
  • Family: Galbulidae
  • Monotypic


Galbalcyrhynchus purusianus

Pampa Hermosa, Loreto, Peru; 3 December 2009 © Christian Nunes

The Purus Jacamar is a heavy, chestnut jacamar of forest edge. It forms a superspecies with the similar White-eared Jacamar (Galbalcyrhynchus leucotis), which it closely resembles in all respects except cheek color. The Purus Jacamar occurs in southwestern Amazonia south of the Amazon River and east of the Ucayali River, while the White-eared is distributed to the north and west. Both species are large and stocky, with chestnut plumage, glossy blackish wings and tail, and a heavy pink bill. Like other jacamars, the Purus Jacamar forages on aerial insects by sallying from a perch. It apparently breeds in holes and may be a co-operative breeder. Birds are often seen perched in relatively open areas in groups of 4-6 individuals.

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Recommended Citation

. 2010. Purus Jacamar (Galbalcyrhynchus purusianus), Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Ithaca: Cornell Lab of Ornithology; retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online:

This map is based on the maps available from the NatureServe InfoNatura website. The data for these maps are provided by NatureServe in collaboration with Robert Ridgely, James Zook, The Nature Conservancy - Migratory Bird Program, Conservation International - CABS, World Wildlife Fund - US, and Environment Canada - WILDSPACE.

  • Migration/Movement:Resident (nonmigratory)
  • Primary Habitat:Flooded tropical evergreen forest edge
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  • IUCN Status:Least Concern