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Galbula pastazae

Coppery-chested Jacamar

  • Order: Galbuliformes
  • Family: Galbulidae
  • Monotypic

Authors: Schulenberg, Thomas S., and Guy M. Kirwan

Galbula pastazae

Bombuscaro, Podocarpus National Park, Zamora-Chinchipe, Ecuador; 23 February 2011 © Håkan Sandin

Found from southern Colombia to northernmost Peru, the Coppery-chested Jacamar is endemic to the east slope of the Andes, where it is largely confined to a relatively narrow elevational band above 1000 m. The conservation status of Coppery-chested Jacamar is ranked as Vulnerable; it is one of just two species of jacamar to be considered globally threatened. Despite the species’ undoubted rarity in both Colombia and Peru, the Coppery-chested Jacamar remains locally common in parts of Ecuador, although prevailing forest destruction and fragmentation must be contributing to population declines. Its altitudinal range, being exclusively montane, is unique among the family. As is the case with most species of jacamars, the sexes are very similar, but females can be easily can be distinguished by their rufous throats. Coppery-chested Jacamar is poorly known, but most aspects of its behavior are typical of the family.

Recommended Citation

Schulenberg, Thomas S., and Guy M. Kirwan. 2012. Coppery-chested Jacamar (Galbula pastazae), 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:Montane evergreen forest
  • Foraging Strata:Understory/Midstory
  • Foraging Behavior:Sally
  • Diet:Terrestrial invertebrates
  • Sociality:Solitary/Pairs
  • Mating System:
  • Nest Form:Burrow
  • Clutch: -
  • IUCN Status:Vulnerable