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Galbula chalcothorax

Purplish Jacamar

  • Order: Galbuliformes
  • Family: Galbulidae


Galbula chalcothorax

Yankuam Lodge, Zamora-Chinchipe, Ecuador; 15 August 2011 © Roger Ahlman

The Purplish Jacamar and the Bronzy Jacamar (Galbula leucogastra) have sometimes been treated as conspecific, and the present species occupies the northwest of this superspecies’ range, in southernmost Colombia, eastern Ecuador and northern Peru, as well as westernmost Brazil, east as far as the Rio Juruá. The metallic reddish purple or coppery red upperparts serve to identify this species immediately from any other jacamar in this region. Locally recorded to around 1000 m, the Purplish Jacamar is usually found at much lower elevations, in clearings and at edges of primary terra firme. Its ecology is rather poorly known to date.

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Recommended Citation

. 2010. Purplish Jacamar (Galbula chalcothorax), 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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