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.