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Jacamerops aureus

Great Jacamar

  • Order: Galbuliformes
  • Family: Galbulidae
  • Polytypic 4 Subspecies


Jacamerops aureus

Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil; 17 October 2010 © Anselmo d'Affonseca

The Great Jacamar is a large, striking bird of the canopy of humid lowland forests. By far the largest of the jacamars, it has glossy green upperparts, extensively rufous underparts, a rounded tail, and a long, thick black bill. Its song is a strong, whistled "kleee'uuuuuuuuu", typically with a break in the middle, and is often the first clue to its presence. The Great Jacamar can be difficult to spot as it often sits in one spot in the canopy for long periods. Here, it preys on insects by sallying after them and then beating them against a branch before consumption. Nests have been found in arboreal termitaria and in a rotting tree trunk.

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Recommended Citation

. 2010. Great Jacamar (Jacamerops aureus), 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:Tropical lowland evergreen forest
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  • IUCN Status:Least Concern