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Galbula tombacea

White-chinned Jacamar

  • Order: Galbuliformes
  • Family: Galbulidae


Galbula tombacea

Careiro da Várzea, Amazonas, Brazil; 3 March 2014 © Anselmo d'Affonseca

The White-chinned Jacamar is a brightly-plumaged member of the genus Galbula found in dense vine tangles along the edge of slow-moving streams and oxbow lakes in northern Amazonia. It is distributed north of the Amazon River in eastern Ecuador, northeastern Peru, southern Colombia, and northwestern Brazil. Males are bright iridescent green on the entire upperparts, and across the breast, with a chestnut lower belly and undersurface to the tail. Females are similar in plumage, but paler rufous on the belly. Males do have a white chin, but it is very difficult to see in the field. Apparently replaced south of the Amazon River by Bluish-fronted Jacamar (Galbula cyanescens), which has a bluish crown as opposed to a grayish-brown crown in White-chinned. Bluish-fronted is also found in a greater variety of habitats. It overlaps with Yellow-billed Jacamar (Gallbula albogularis), but Yellow-billed is smaller, has entirely chestnut underparts, and is found more in terra firme forest. Forages like other jacamars by sallying out for flying insects from horizontal branches.

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Recommended Citation

. 2010. White-chinned Jacamar (Galbula tombacea), 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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