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Galbula cyanescens

Bluish-fronted Jacamar

  • Order: Galbuliformes
  • Family: Galbulidae


Galbula cyanescens

Manu National Park, Madre de Dios, Peru; 22 October 2012 © Cláudio Dias Timm

This species’ plumage is virtually identical to that of the White-chinned Jacamar (Galbula tombacea); in this respect, they are only separable by the bluish-green crown of the present species. Fortunately, their ranges are mutually exclusive, thereby making null any potential identification problem, with White-chinned Jacamar being found north of the Amazon, and Bluish-fronted Jacamar south of the river. The Bluish-fronted Jacamar is distributed from eastern Peru to northern Bolivia and across western Brazil east as far as the Rio Madeira. It seems to prefer the edges of slightly more open humid forest in the lowlands and foothills, below 1400 m, and locally is found around thickets of Guadua bamboo and on river islands.

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Recommended Citation

. 2010. Bluish-fronted Jacamar (Galbula cyanescens), 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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