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Galbula galbula

Green-tailed Jacamar

  • Order: Galbuliformes
  • Family: Galbulidae


Galbula galbula

Novo Airão, Amazonas, Brazil; 2 November 2013 © Bradley Davis

Restricted to the Guiana Shield, from which region the Rufous-tailed Jacamar (Galbula ruficauda) is largely absent, these two species possess very similar plumage, although the Green-tailed Jacamar has an all-dark, rather than rufous, undertail. In the small region of apparent sympatry, in parts of Guyana and French Guiana, the two species are thought to segregate according to habitat, with the present species being found in riverine situations and hilly areas, while Rufous-tailed Jacamar occupies savannas. Elsewhere, the Green-tailed Jacamar is found at the borders, natural or man-made, of a wide variety of woodland types, where it usually perches at low to mid levels.

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Recommended Citation

. 2010. Green-tailed Jacamar (Galbula galbula), 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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