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Galbula cyanicollis

Blue-cheeked Jacamar

  • Order: Galbuliformes
  • Family: Galbulidae


Galbula cyanicollis

Alta Floresta, Mato Grosso, Brazil; 14 October 2010 © Joao Quental

Also known as the Blue-necked Jacamar, this species forms a superspecies with its north-bank replacement, the Yellow-billed Jacamar (Galbula albirostris), and in the past these two species were occasionally viewed as being conspecific. The Blue-cheeked Jacamar is found across southern Amazonia, from eastern Peru to east Amazonian Brazil, where it inhabits the interior of lowland forest, both terra firme and seasonally flooded, and in some areas appears to move into areas of várzea forest only during the high-water season. From other southern Amazonian jacamars with largely rufous underparts, this species should be easily distinguished by the yellow lower mandible and the bluish head and neck sides, although these features might require good light to appreciate.

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Recommended Citation

. 2010. Blue-cheeked Jacamar (Galbula cyanicollis), 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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