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Brachygalba salmoni

Dusky-backed Jacamar

  • Order: Galbuliformes
  • Family: Galbulidae


The Dusky-backed Jacamar has a tiny range on the border between Colombia and Panama, where the species seems to be, at most, only locally common, although it is not treated as globally threatened. The bird’s plumage is predominantly greenish black above, becoming glossier over the breast, with a browner crown, a white throat and cheeks (buff in females), and cinnamon-colored below. Like other jacamars, this species prefers somewhat disturbed areas, with clearings, gaps, and forest edges constituting typical habitat, where the Dusky-backed Jacamar is typically found in pairs or small family groups, the birds chasing winged insects from exposed, high perches, or even from low bushes.

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Recommended Citation

. 2010. Dusky-backed Jacamar (Brachygalba salmoni), 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.

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